Through the use of CBLA organizational assessment of a real life clinical unit/area/agency compared to American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Healthy Work Environment (HWE) standards, and using the SWOT analysis framework allows the student to develop a thorough review. The activity is under the student’s control for the entire assessment, analysis, and strategy development. The students then creates a presentation using powerpoint or prezi as a vehicle to present the analysis of their learning from the clinical work environment, SWOT, congruence with the mission, vision, and values to the day to day staff interaction as well as the work life, and the strategies to improve the unit/area/agency operation.
The students have found this learning activity as both a practical and innovative method to compare a real world clinical setting to a professional nursing organization’s national standards of healthy work environment. This work yields short term learning about leadership concepts as they evaluate a real life clinical work environment. Additionally, long term this learning of how to analyze a clinical work environment becomes a major component of their strategy in selecting their new graduate nursing employment.
The students uniformly voiced that this course assignment was an excellent method to learn about leadership concepts, standards related to work environment, and how this information relates to their own leadership role as a new RN especially in their search for their first nursing employment opportunity.
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