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Running head: APPLICATION: SYSTEMS THEORY1Application: Systems TheoryStudentInterprofessional Organizational and Systems LeadershipNURS 6053Walden UniversityDate
APPLICATION: SYSTEMS THEORY2Application: Systems TheoryHealth care organizations experience many challenges and nurse leaders, among others, work as a team to find solutions to these challenges. Systems theory us used to achieve the aim of the system by performing required functions using elements that interacts, relate, or are dependent on each other in a specific environment (Johnson, Miller, & Horowitz, 2008). Using systems theory gives valuable insight into the assessment of the problem, all components of the system, and helps formulate a solution to the problem. The purpose of this paper is to examine an issue in a department within a health care organization using systems theory. First, I will use systems theory terminology to describe the department and include inputs, throughput, output, cycles of events, and negative feedback descriptions. Next I will describe the issue using open-systems approach and state where the problem lies using the systems theory model. Once this step is complete, I will formulate a desired outcome, identify goals and objectives that would be help reach the outcome, and then use these goals and objectives to form policies for the department. I will also describe any professional standards that are relevant. Lastly, I will explain how the suggested resolution would support the mission and values and improve the culture and climate of the organization.Medical-Surgical Department Description Using Systems Theory TerminologyThe department being described in this assignment is a medical-surgical (med-surg) department. Patients in this area are acutely ill, adult patients, have assorted medical conditions, and may be recovering from surgical procedures. Inputs are resources needed to provide servicesin the department (Meyer & O’Brien-Pallas, 2010). Inputs involve staff nurses, nurse assistants, managers, patients, and supplies within the department and mandatory overtime requirements as a staffing tool. Throughputs is the transformation of inputs into services (Meyer & O’Brien-
APPLICATION: SYSTEMS THEORY3Pallas, 2010). Throughput in this department is using input to provide services to the patients such providing care, admitting, and discharging to home. Output is the result of services (Meyer & O’Brien-Pallas, 2010).