management to answer the question. If you had difficulty with this question, review the principles of time management and documentation. References: Cherry, B., & Jacob, S. (2008). Contemporary nursing issues: Trends & management (4th ed., p. 529). St. Louis: Mosby. Huber, D. (2010). Leadership and nursing care management (4th ed., pp. 128-130). St. Louis: Saunders. Cognitive Ability: Evaluating
Client Needs: Safe and Effective Care Environment Integrated Process: Teaching and Learning Content Area: Leadership/Management Question 60 1 / 1 pts A new nurse employed at a community hospital is reading the organization’s mission statement. The new nurse understands that this statement: Identifies the policies and procedures of the organization Outlines what the organization plans to accomplish Describes the benefits available to employees Defines the rules of the organization that the employees must follow Rationale: All organizations have a purpose or reason for existing. This purpose is often expressed in the form of a mission statement. The mission statement outlines what the organization plans to accomplish. Sometimes mission statements incorporate statements of philosophy (beliefs), purpose, and goals or objectives into a single statement; other times the philosophy, purposes, and goals are addressed in addition to the mission statement. These statements serve as a benchmark against which an organization’s performance may be evaluated. The mission statement does not describe the benefits available to the client; this is usually done by the human resources department. The rules of the organization are identified in policies and procedures, which are usually maintained in manuals kept in the nursing units or online. Test-Taking Strategy: Use the process of elimination, focusing on the subject, a mission statement. Note the relationship between the definition of a mission statement and the correct option. Review the description of an organization’s mission statement if you had difficulty with this question.
Reference: Marriner-Tomey, A. (2009). Guide to nursing management and leadership (8th ed., pp. 225, 226). St. Louis: Mosby. Cognitive Ability: Understanding Client Needs: Safe and Effective Care Environment Integrated Process: Nursing Process/Planning Content Area: Leadership/Management Question 61 1 / 1 pts A nurse, newly employed by a home health agency, is told that the organization’s decision-making process is centralized. The nurse determines that this means that the authority to make decisions is vested in: Every employee A few individuals, such as the board of directors Many individuals, with decisions filtering down to the individual employee All nursing employees, pharmacists, and hospital physicians Rationale: Organizations may be described as having a centralized or decentralized structure in regard to the decision-making process. An organization is depicted as centralized when the authority to make decisions is vested in a few individuals.
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