In this analytical exercise, you will develop a problem statement, carefully constructing it so that it accurately states the problem your planned change project will address. Aspects of this exercise include exploring potential outcomes you wish to accomplish through the planned change and the feasibility of the planned change.
Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:
Identify a specific problem or need in a healthcare setting.
Analyze the feasibility of a proposed planned change project.
Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Review Chapters 18 and 30 in the textbook, Leading and Managing in Nursing.
Read Chapters 1 to 5 in the textbook, Fundamentals of Project Management.
Download and view the Capstone Project Overview.pptx and How To Write a Problem Statement.pptx PowerPoint presentations.
Your project must be patient-focused and include a goal to improve patient outcomes.
Your assessment of the problem and feasibility of a solution must include direct input from patients or recipients of care (survey results, comments, interviews, patient data, etc). Review Chapter 22 in the textbook, Leading and Managing in Nursing regarding patient-centered care.
Navigate to the threaded discussion and post your discussion response according to the following instructions.
***1 1/2 to 2 pages in length
*** Include the following headings to compose your discussion: ***1 1/2 to 2 pages in length
***(a.)Definition of the Problem: Present a detailed description of the elements of the problem.
***(b.)Development of Solution Options: Identify the desired future state/conditions that would ideally solve the problem. Include the actions that would be required to achieve the desired change.
***(c.)Feasibility of Planned Change: Evaluate the feasibility of your planned change by addressing physical resources, time resources, financial resources, and stakeholder involvement. Refer to Figure 1.4 on p. 15 in the textbook, Fundamentals of Project Management (Heagney, 2016) and address the questions listed under “Plan the Project.”
***(d.)Problem Statement: In two to three concise sentences, list the problem statement you have developed from this analytical exercise.
Resources (No written citations or written reference page required for this assignment)
Textbook: Leading and Managing in Nursing- Patricia S. Yoder-Wise
Textbook: Fundamentals of Project Management–
File: Capstone Project Overview.pptx
File: How To Write a Problem Statement.pptx
***EXAMPLE: 1.2 Discussion: Strategic Planning
Definition of the Problem: At the Orthopedic Hospital patients receive a dose of antibiotics before surgery and then not again until after surgery, some not even at all are redosed. With the rise of surgical site infections, at look into the antibiotic protocol should be done to determine if administering more doses of intraoperative antibiotics will decrease infection rates.
Development of Solution Options: Decreasing surgical site infections with the redosing of antibiotics would be ideal. In order to determine if the redosing of antibiotics intraoperatively would improve patient outcomes, a study would have to be conducted to determine if administering more antibiotics during the perioperative phase would decrease infection rates. The physicians and hospital would have to be willing to be a part of the research of redosing of antibiotics throughout the intraoperative phase.
Feasibility of Planned Change: The patients will have to have orders in place to have a preop antibiotic dose, then a regimented dosing plan to redose the antibiotics in a predetermined time frame, such as a dose before incision, then every 1 or 2 hours after initial incision, then another dose postoperatively. The physicians will have to be willing to prescribe the dosing to the standing order set. This will then have to be executed by the preop nurse, circulating nurse, and recovery nurse. The dosing regimen will have to be adhered to and documented so the data for the patients would be the same as far as timeline of antibiotics given during the perioperative phase. The cost of the research would be the cost of the antibiotics for the patient or if the hospital would be willing to try it on a trial basis and not charge the patient for the antibiotics. The hospital would then be out the cost of the antibiotics. In order for the plan to be successful there would need to be education to nursing staff as well as physicians that would include the purpose of the trial and what is the goal of the trial when it is complete, as well as defining the purpose, which is to ultimately decrease surgical infection rates of patients at the hospital overall.
Problem Statement: A study done to determine if redosing of antibiotics to surgical patients during the intraoperative phase would reduce the rate of surgical site infections. The study would focus on a specific group of patients with a clear order set of antibiotics and a pre-determined dosing pattern for the antibiotics. An examination of the number of surgical site infections from previous 90 days to current 90 days to determine if the antibiotics reduce the rate of infection. GOAL: To decrease surgical site infections by standardizing the redosing of intraoperative antibiotics to every 2 hours after initial incision by June 1, 2023.
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