Analyze the effectiveness of the Adverse and Sentinel Events reporting program developed by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to provide a safe, effective, and efficient environment of care.
Your paper must include, but is not limited to, the following sections.
Background (5 possible points)
Describe the problem, organization, or situation you selected; identify the specific issues of interest or controversy; and present the background or facts of the problem, organization, or situation that will enable the reader to clearly understand the issue.
Define the Problem (5 possible points)
Identify and clearly state the problem or the management issue in which an element of the identified problem or situation is not meeting expectations. Remember that what appears to be the problem may actually just be a symptom of a bigger problem?dig deep to be sure you’ve identified the real problems. If there appears to be more than one problem or issue, decide if they are separate or related issues.
State the problem in the form of a question. For example, if a work group is not performing effectively, an effective problem statement might be, “How can the staff shortage be improved?” rather than simply “Short staff problems.”
Literature Review (15 possible points)
Present what you discovered in your search of the literature. Review issues, theories, concepts, and studies discussed in class and in our textbook. Also review what other writers and researchers have to say about the subject of your analysis. Discuss the concepts, ideas, or insights that are most valuable in helping you make sense of your project. What theories can you use? What writers say something of value? Why is it of value? What models are the least helpful? Why? What theories or concepts will you challenge or criticize because your findings are different? In short, demonstrate an understanding of the literature and apply it sensibly to the problem. This is not a course in applied commonsense; however, such practical intelligence is important, especially in the application stage.
A literature review is like playing a video game in which you are in a chamber with many doors. As you open each door, you uncover clues to help you progress to the next level. Similarly, in a literature review, your objective is to open the doors that can point the way to solving your business problem. Begin your literature review with a broad look at your field of interest, then narrow your focus until you zero in on the essential issue(s) of concern.
NOTE: A literature review is a required element of this assignment. A good rule of thumb is to review at least 10 resources, beyond the textbook and class readings, to ensure the effectiveness of your research.
SUGGESTION: Begin your literature survey by accessing Keller’s online library at https://library.devry.edu/.
Problem Analysis (20 possible points)
This section should provide a detailed analysis of the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s) you identified in Section II. A major objective is to clearly illustrate how you are using the healthcare course concepts (as well as what your learned from your literature review) to better understand the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s). Show that you are applying course material!
(Note: Use subheadings to identify each factor you address.)
Possible Solutions (15 possible points)
Explore three solutions that could be appropriate ways to solve the identified problem or issue. Be sure these solutions are logical, based on your analysis, and effectively treat the problem, not the symptoms. Also, discuss the anticipated outcomes (both positive and negative) of implementing each of the possible solutions you identified.
Solution and Its Implementation (20 possible points)
Outline your recommended solution to the problem or issue, one of the alternatives explored in Section V, or a combination of those alternatives. State your solution clearly and specifically. Describe exactly what should be done and how it should be done, including by whom, with whom, and in what sequence. Here are some points to keep in mind as you write this section:
Have you indicated an awareness of the problem of implementation (the “how” aspect)?
Have you been specific enough? For example, a general solution might state, “The healthcare manager needs to realize that his or her style should match the situation.”
A specific solution would state what style is most appropriate for the situation and how you will attempt to have the manager realize the appropriate style.
What aspects of the problem remain unresolved by your solution?
Does your recommended solution and its implementation plan address the problems or issues and their causes identified in the previous sections?
Does your solution consider and resolve the identified pros and cons?
How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented recommended solution?
What process checks or procedures will you put in place to institutionalize the improvement?
Could your solution cause other problems or issues? What risks are inherent in the solution you recommend? What contingency plans do you recommend?
Assess the realism of your proposed action plan. For example, is there adequate time, money, or other resources for your solution? In addition, does your solution place too much reliance on other people being reasonable, on what you think is reasonable?
Justification (10 possible points)
Justify why your recommended solution and its implementation will solve the identified problem or issue in the organization or unit you selected. An important element of this section is to show very clearly how you applied course concepts to arrive at a workable solution and a successful implementation. Apply appropriate course material; support your conclusions with appropriately referenced facts, quotes, and readings; and be sure your justification addresses identified pros and cons.