Reflection On Learning

Reflection on Learning

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is to deepen learning through reflective inquiry. It will allow for expansion in self-awareness, identification of knowledge gaps, and assessment of learning goals.

Course outcomes: This assessment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

• Compare and contrast theories of organizational behavior and leadership. (PO 6)
• Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. (PO 6)
• Differentiate attributes of effective leaders and followers in influencing healthcare. (PO 6)
• Assimilate attributes for intra-/inter-professional collaboration across healthcare settings (PO 8)
• Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8)

Total points possible: 100 points

Preparing the assessment:

Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment:

  1. Write a brief 1-2 paragraph per each weekly reflection addressing each question posed in the Reflect section of the weekly module.
  2. Include the following sections in your Reflection.
  3. Writing Organization and Mechanics
  • Grammar and mechanics are free of errors.
  • NR703 Reflection on Learning InquiryRequirements:
    1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection
    2. Assesses own learning
    3. Assesses value of the learning experience

Week 1

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • How does leadership formation influence the dynamics and culture of the organization in which the leader operates?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 2

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • What coaching or leadership development do you believe would help you to reach a new level in your leadership formation?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 3

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • As a leader, how might you use a professional practice model to influence the culture and sustainability of an organization dedicated to transformation?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 4

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • How will you use your leadership tools and influence to build ethical, high-value healthcare organizations?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 5

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • What are the leadership competencies that support the creation of an innovative, high-value healthcare culture?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 6

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • Identify one theory or framework addressed this week. Identify what behaviors you will emphasize or de-emphasize based upon this theory or framework.
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 7

  • As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives by participating in the weekly readings, discussions, or activities (the weekly objectives are found in each week’s “Student Lesson Plan for Learning Success”).
  • As a DNP leader, how might you incorporate transformational leadership in strategic planning?
  • What do you value most about your learning this week?
  • Comments by the professor

    Week 1 Weekly Summary

    You have done a great job in meeting these outcomes, especially in your discussion of past organizational change projects as connected to your leadership self-awareness. You also opened up a new avenue of self-awareness by complete the Zinger-Folkman Extraordinary Leader Assessment and constructing your strengths-to-strategy plan in the interactive exercise. I encourage you to continue collecting new tools for your leadership toolbox and building leadership capacity throughout this course and afterward. You will find that you will test some of the skills you are discovering (or rediscovering) through this class in your practicum project. Let’s keep the dialogue going to foster an understanding of leadership from the evidence that supports guiding change for a compelling practice problem. I enjoyed reading your examples and seeing the insight you were able to have with regard to leading a change in your organization and doing some self-reflection on what you could have done differently. Understanding and explaining the change process as a self-aware leader helps you internalize these ideas for future projects, especially the impending DNP projects. Remember that you can leverage others’ skills and attributes, which also facilitates the team process.

    As a reminder, the following Course Outcomes (COs) guided your learning this week

    · CO3. Differentiate attributes of effective leaders and followers in influencing healthcare. (PO 6)

    · CO5. Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8

    This week, we discovered that each practice scholar plays a role in transforming healthcare through self-assessment to identify individual leadership gaps. Evaluating leadership gaps builds tacit knowledge to move us toward professional maturity. You now know that insight into improved systems begins with insight into one’s self. Improved systems evolve through the collaboration of individuals who are first committed to improving their own practice. Practice scholars are called to transform the health of our nation. I have no doubt that you’ll answer the call by reflecting on your individual and professional commitment to gain insight on needed change within yourself, and your organization. Next week, you’ll reflect on emotional intelligence and mindfulness in the workplace. So, let’s keep going! Your work is needed to improve patient outcomes!

    Week 2

    Hello! Last week, we explored how the self-aware practice scholar is influencing the practice of nursing and the health of our nation. The call for transformation to improve patient care delivery requires nurse leaders to reach beyond their intellect to their emotional intelligence. By increasing emotional competence, nurse leaders are raising their awareness to make better choices. Establishing and maintaining relationships are essential to leadership, and all relationships have an emotional component. Emotional intelligence helps us to learn from experience by considering what we know, believe, and value within the context of a particular event. It helps us to make sense of events, improve responses, develop mindfulness, and improve outcomes for patients. Improving outcomes in today’s fast-paced environment requires the right mind-set, will, and skill, which you are developing on your DNP journey. This week, you’ll achieve an important milestone on this journey through the completion of a curriculum vitae detailing a DNP scholar. Let’s get started!

    Weekly Outcomes: Compare and contrast theories of organizational behavior and leadership. (PO6). Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. (PO 6). Differentiate attributes of effective leaders and followers in influencing healthcare. (PO 6)

    Weekly Objectives: Apply complexity and chaos theories as agents of change. Apply leadership theories and conceptual frameworks to guide professional practice. Critique characteristics of effective leaders.

    Main Topics and Concepts: Emotional Intelligence. Leadership Presence: The Mindful Leader. Leadership as Change Agents. Understanding Complexity and Chaos Theories as Practice Scholars

    Foundations for Learning: Start your learning this week by reviewing the following: This week review your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé for accuracy and currency as you start converting it to a new CV.

    Week 3: Conflict Resolution through Emotional Competence

    This week’s discussion helped us “peel the onion” of the lesson’s topics examining interprofessional models, conflict management, evaluating performance, and leading sustainable improvements. All of these topics benefit from a strategy of conflict resolution through emotional competence.

    Your discussions were provoking, insightful, and demonstrated your nursing expertise. I am honored to share your insights and the amazing look into your world of nursing!

    Applied to your leadership toolbox, this week’s discussion, and lesson will continue your transformational leadership construction.

    We met the following course outcomes through our discussion this week:

    CO2. Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. (PO 6)

    CO4. Assimilate attributes for intra-/inter-professional collaboration across healthcare settings (PO 8)

    CO5. Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8)

    This week’s focus was interprofessional collaboration. As you reflected on the history of collaboration in healthcare, you gained insight about the importance that it has in shaping the healthcare delivery system. The debate continues over the extent to which DNP credentialing is a driving or restraining force in an interprofessional practice model that is most likely to produce high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. As the DNP-prepared nurse seeks to overcome title constraints, societal perceptions, medical-community restraints, and related credentialing issues, the importance of using interprofessional collaboration to influence patient outcomes is essential. Once again, the practice scholar can serve as the healthcare leader in affecting patient care outcomes that make a difference in the future of healthcare delivery. Are you ready to make a real difference for patients by leading value-based care? Let’s move on to Week 4 to help make that happen!

    Week 4 marks the midpoint of your journey in NR703! You’re making tremendous progress in learning about organizational leadership! This leg of the journey continues the exploration of value-based healthcare. Moving from a volume- to value-based system of care involves a paradigmatic shift that challenges the underlying assumptions of stakeholders about how healthcare is delivered and by whom. Paradigmatic shifts often create conflict over values and strategy, and I think we all agree that the U.S. healthcare system presents complex challenges at multiple levels. Little agreement exists regarding the direction of healthcare delivery, especially as it relates to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, expansion of Medicaid funding, or selection of targeted spending cuts. There is simply no way that reforming healthcare can unfold without conflict. The practice scholar must understand this and acquire the skills to manage conflict that yields benefits. This week is an important step in your journey toward becoming an effective leader capable of building value-based systems of healthcare. I know you’re ready to make that step, so let’s get started! Week 4, Discussion SUMMARY – Ethical Decision-Making

    The discussion centered around an emotionally-charged scenario in which the CNO had to balance the Ethic of Care and Ethic of Justice leadership concepts in disclosing the incident. You all added your experience, expertise, and professional opinions to this rich discussion. Open communication and check-ins across levels of leadership inform decision-making and help avoid unnecessary conflict. We discussed how the DNP leader can facilitate open communication and align teams effectively to accomplish the vision and mission of the organization, even in crisis situations like this scenario.

    We met the following course outcomes through our discussion this week:

    CO2. Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. (PO 6)

    CO3. Differentiate attributes of effective leaders and followers in influencing healthcare. (PO 6)

    CO5. Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8)

    Week 4 Objectives: Analyze professional communication strategies. Prioritize high-value healthcare. Differentiate the role of a leader in volume-based and value-based healthcare systems. Integrate ethical decision-making principles that promote a culture of care. Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. Differentiate attributes of effective leaders and followers in influencing healthcare. Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems.

    Hello! Week 4 certainly offered important information! Let’s take time to go over what you learned this week. This part of your journey focused on building value-based systems of healthcare and the ethical dilemmas that are inherent within healthcare’s highly changing environment. As you explored ethical theories and principles, you likely discovered that you’re already familiar with several of these principles. But did you know about the Ethic of Care and the Ethic of Justice, which recently emerged in healthcare? It is typically the competing values, both of which may be morally correct, that result in an ethical dilemma or conflict. This knowledge is foundational to mobilizing stakeholders to tackle tough challenges. By using this knowledge, you’ll be able to provide an integrative framework for delivering value-based care while helping others shift from a discipline-specific to systems-level view. With that understanding, you’re ready to move on to Week 5 and explore the value of innovation to provide creative solutions in healthcare.

    Hello there! Welcome to Week 5! This week on your journey, we’ll explore strategies for leading innovation with creative solutions. In the current healthcare environment, practice scholars must develop the ability to integrate leadership and innovation to facilitate effective change within nursing units, interprofessional teams, organizations, communities, and health systems. Today’s DNP graduate must possess the ability to see differently and envision possibilities. You will be less reliant on tactics and operations and more reliant on strategies and vision. Capacity for innovation is no longer optional. Remember, innovation is more than a process. For true strategic and visionary thinking, you must unleash your creativity to meet evolving challenges. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to explore purposeful innovation, including technology as an innovation. How will you use creativity to solve problems as a practice scholar? Let’s find out!

    Week 5 Objectives

    Propose innovative solutions to improve healthcare outcomes.

    Prioritize high-value healthcare.

    Integrate transformational leadership to promote high-value healthcare.

    Appraise principles of interprofessional collaboration in advanced nursing practice.

    Investigate the value of adaptive leadership in promoting a culture of innovation.

    Appraise the role of the practice scholar in promoting a value-based healthcare system.

    outcomes:

    CO2. Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. (PO 6)

    CO4. Assimilate attributes for intra-/inter-professional collaboration across healthcare settings (PO 8)

    CO5. Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8)

    Week 5 Discussion Summary: Leading Innovation in Nursing

    This week, our discussion explored leading innovation in your nursing environment. Often innovation demands creativity, but always innovation requires management. Rogers’ (2003) diffusion of innovations is one model frequently used to manage the process.

    Innovation also implies adaptability to adjust to the sea of barriers through which innovation must often sail. The DNP leader musters the skills of intra- and interprofessional collaboration, strategic planning, and transformational behaviors to navigate the challenging waters of innovation. Through the alternative discussion, we also had the opportunity to hear how the COVID19 pandemic continues to impact our lives. Many shared that there are still challenges that they are working through and facing while others shared how they have used innovation and creativity to find ways to see continue to do their work and meet the healthcare needs of their community.

    We met the following course outcomes through our discussion this week: Investigate the role of advanced nursing practice in innovation and transformation to propose solutions impacting healthcare systems. (PO 6) Assimilate attributes for intra-/inter-professional collaboration across healthcare settings (PO 8) Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8)

    Let’s review what you learned in Week 5. You now know that innovation plays an essential role in your ability to address problems in healthcare. After many years of chaotic attempts at progress, nurse at all levels are making a commitment to learning and active engagement in the process of transforming healthcare. As conversations occur nationwide regarding patient-centered outcomes and value-based healthcare, DNP graduates are emerging prepared to engage in innovative leadership to drive these outcomes. DNP Essential II, Organizational and Systems for Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking, aligns closely with the requisite set of skills needed for leading transformative change. I believe that strategic thinking is the most important competency of a leader, and that strategic thinking precedes strategic planning. Do you agree? I bet you do by the end of the week! Let’s move onward to explore the scientific underpinnings of leadership. See you in Week 6!

    Welcome to Week 6! This week, as you continue on your journey, we’ll explore the scientific underpinnings of leadership. Over the weeks, you’ve gained skills to be an effective and self-aware leader. It’s time for the next step! Consider these questions: Should a manager also be a leader? Must a leader utilize management skills? This week, you’ll learn that a practice scholar both leads and manages, and that the integration of both are essential to accomplishing organizational goals. How, then, does the practice scholar manage leadership characteristics? Let’s find out! It’s time to begin!

    Week 6 Objectives: Evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of leadership. Apply leadership theories and conceptual frameworks to guide professional practice. Appraise principles of interprofessional collaboration in advanced nursing practice. Differentiate leadership versus management. Review organizational, management, and leadership theories with which you are familiar, and reflect on which have been most prevalent in your own leadership style. Explore the theories that are new to you and entertain incorporating new elements into your leadership personality. Start reviewing each week’s learning activities to identify American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006) Essential sub-competencies for the Week 7 reflection.

    Week 6, Discussion SUMMARY: Leading Toward Effective Management

    This week, our discussion explored how you, as a DNP leader, might manage a team situation effectively. You demonstrated this by creating a concise email to your supervisor to explain your leadership approach using the topics of the lesson.

    This scenario created a challenging discussion assignment, and you were creative, innovated, and adapted to it, as we learned to do in Lesson 5 last week.

    We met the following course outcomes through our discussion this week:

    CO1. Compare and contrast theories of organizational behavior and leadership. (PO6)

    CO5. Formulate selected strategies for leadership and influence across healthcare systems. (PO 8)

    in Week 6. Leadership and management are both requisites for the practice scholar; neither approach is as effective alone as both are together. Decision-making, being assertive with ideas, communicating clearly, and clarifying goals and objectives while inspiring creative commitment to change are all competencies that have gained importance in the role of the practice scholar. I bet you realized this as you completed Week 6. You’ve come a long way already, but there’s still more to learn before we reach the end of NR703! It’s time to move on to Week 7 and investigate resource allocation.

    welcome to Week 7! You’ve almost made it to the end of the course, but there’s still more to learn. Being a trustworthy leader implies being responsible for personnel, patients, and the budget. Since I graduated, I have found out that the practice scholar must make hard decisions about budgets that may affect personnel or patients. Fortunately, managing resources is a learned ability. With practice, you’ll learn to be proficient in resource allocation, even when managing the resources to address the burden of disease associated with the nation’s top causes of morbidity and mortality. Leaders have an obligation to ensure there is a relationship between the health of the community and the resources used to obtain and sustain it. Are you ready to learn more about appropriate resource use to advance health? Let’s begin!

    Week 7 Objectives

    Apply leadership theories and conceptual frameworks to guide professional practice.

    Appraise the role of the practice scholar in promoting a value-based healthcare system.

    Investigate strategies for managing resources at the micro, meso, and macro levels.

    Examine the role of the practice scholar in strategic planning.

    Analyze leadership strengths, personality characteristics, and leadership effectiveness.

    Assess the role of the DNP practice scholar in evaluating performance at the micro, meso, and systems levels.

    Appraise the influence of the practice scholar in leading initiatives across healthcare systems.

    Learning Success Strategies

    Revisit previous discussions from NR-700, NR-701, and NR-714 about the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) in the United States and consider how you as a DNP leader in your practice setting will approach the problem. Week 7. This week was all about leadership initiatives and resource allocation. You may have been surprised to learn that balancing costs and improving quality do not have to be mutually exclusive. I know I was! As a practice scholar, you’ll make informed decisions to improve patient outcomes while maintaining financial fidelity. These skills are essential to thrive in the world of healthcare reform, complexity, and shifting emphasis on high-value care. That said, you aren’t finished yet! There’s still one more step of your journey in Applied Organizational Leadership Concepts.

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