The proposed change initiative discussed in parts I and II aims to mitigate staff shortages in health care settings. According to World Health Organization (WHO), nursing and other medical staff deficits are projected to reach over 13 million by 2035 (Marć et al., 2018). Staff shortages in medical facilities can lead to staff burnout, dissatisfaction, high turnover rates, and errors, contributing to increased mortality and morbidity rates. Therefore, it is essential to implement an effective change initiative in hospitals and design an efficient evaluation plan to assess the outcomes. Furthermore, the implementation results should be distributed internally and externally to support and encourage changes in other organizations. This report will outline the evaluation and dissemination plan for the change initiative concerning staff shortages.
The evaluation plan will focus on analyzing the achieved outcomes and whether the desired change was successfully reached through the implementation of the proposed project. Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) evaluation model will be used for the assessment and continuous improvement (Jagusiak-Kocik, 2017). Specifically, the Evaluate Plan Action Check Amend (EPACA) cycle will be utilized to thoroughly address any arising challenges with change initiation (Jagusiak-Kocik, 2017).
After the implementation stage, the plan will be evaluated to ensure the proposed solution is practical in different health care settings, the desired results were achieved, and the gathered evidence supports the effectiveness of the change proposal. In the planning stage, the change initiative will be reevaluated to address specific problems in the implementation process. Next, actions to improve results will be undertaken and assessed in the check stage (Isniah et al., 2020). Finally, the amend phase of the evaluation plan will allow correcting any steps in the change plan. Overall, the PDCA evaluation model promotes continuous improvement and will enable the organization to monitor implemented changes and future improvement opportunities.
The findings of the implemented change initiative will be disseminated internally and externally. Internal distribution will involve a written report on the project and its outcomes being distributed to all heads of departments. In addition, a meeting with all stakeholders can be held after the evaluation procedures are completed, and the results of the change implementation process are assessed. It is proposed to allow all organization employees to access the findings to share insights and illustrate how it addresses such vital issues as staff shortage. The written report will be available three months after the project’s completion.
External dissemination will involve a study on the project being distributed to scholar databases, publications, and heads of other health care organizations. The report will be formulated and shared six months after project completion to allow appropriate time for data analysis, interpretation, and commentary from the stakeholders within the organization. The report will include the description of the used logic model, change proposal, initiation plan, and project findings and outcomes. In addition, limitations of the project and considerations for future research will be included. The dissemination of the change project findings will help share knowledge with other healthcare institutions and promote awareness of staff shortages in healthcare settings.
In summary, evaluation and dissemination of the results of the change initiative to address and mitigate staff shortages in health care organizations are essential final steps in the project. The evaluation stage will help assess whether desired outcomes were achieved and whether the implementation of the proposed plan was successful. Meanwhile, the dissemination of the findings will inform current practice and research on the topic of staff shortage in health care settings.
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