What is the relationship between an organization's structure, mission, vision, philosophy, values, and policies and procedures

  • Questions to Consider

    To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the heath care community.

    • What is the relationship between an organization’s structure, mission, vision, philosophy, values, and policies and procedures?
    • What strategies does your health care organization (or one that you are familiar with) use when making changes within the organization?
    • How do you see nurse leaders participating in the process of organizational change?
    • How are changes made in organizational structure, and when are they typically made?
    • How do transformational and transparent nursing leadership fit in the organization’s power structure?
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    Required Resources

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    Capella Resources

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    • SWOT Analysis Template.
    • APA Paper Template.
    • APA Paper Tutorial.


  • Assessment Instructions


    Use the Suggested Resources for this assessment to study systems theory, SWOT analysis, and shared governance teams, as background for an Impact Report to Senior Leadership. The report includes a SWOT analysis. The SWOT Analysis Template is linked in Required Resources.

    • Study a facility in your area and examine its Web site and any available public documents to aid you in completing this assessment. You may wish to examine an organization where you work, where you have worked in the past, or where you did your clinical work.
      • Do not name the organization in your report; instead, identify the type of facility and location. Example: A rehabilitation center in a mid-size Midwestern city.

    Use the following scenario as the basis for your report:


    The unit-based Shared Governance Council of the organization where you work has identified a major nursing-related challenge (patient/staff safety, confidentiality, management/staff conflict, poor patient satisfaction survey scores, or nursing staff shortages) within your health care organization.

    In an unusual move, your system administrator is considering creating a new nurse leadership position that would have the responsibility and authority to address this specific issue. As a member of the shared governance council’s subcommittee, you have been asked to write the committee’s final report.

    Deliverable: Impact Report to Senior Leadership

    Write a 4–5-page Impact Report to senior leadership that identifies the challenge, analyzes how it affects the organization from a nursing perspective, and details the new position.

    • Use systems thinking and leadership theory as tools to approach this problem.

    Construct the report with the following headings:

    The Nursing Challenge:
    • Identify the nursing challenge and its impact from a nursing perspective. Choose from:
      • Patient/staff safety, confidentiality, management/staff conflict, poor patient satisfaction survey scores, or nursing staff shortages.
    The System/Organization:
    • Explain how the nursing challenge creates a gap or conflict between the organization’s statements and practice.
      • Identify the organization type, that is, specialty hospital, teaching hospital, major health care system, et cetera, and summarize the organizational structure, its mission, vision, and philosophy statements.
      • Use systems theory and systems thinking to explain the gap or conflict.