Design and implement a personal improvement goal that focuses on a specific nursing leadership or management skill that you would like to improve upon. You will use the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) process to help you achieve your goal.
Identify an area upon which you would like to improvea goal for professional development. For example, say you would like to improve upon your communication skills and the specific outcome you are trying to achieve is to become more assertive in your interaction with other health care professionals. Establish and document a clear plan on how you will achieve your goal. Define measurable criteria that will help you determine if improvement has occurred.
1. Do (D)
Implement the plan and begin collecting and documenting data immediately at the beginning of the session. Continue collecting and documenting data at least several times a week through the first five weeks of the session in order to help you measure whether or not your plan has been successful. The more information you have, the better and stronger your analysis will be.
2. Check (C)
After you have collected data, begin to analyze the information. Based on the data you collected, choose an appropriate tool on pp. 8-24 of the Personal Quality Improvement Work Book and use this tool to assist you in analyzing your data. After you have analyzed the data, begin to identify and document conclusions based on your analysis.
3. Act (A)
After you have studied and analyzed the data, does the information that you gathered support that you have achieved your goal or does it suggest modification in your plan is needed in order to achieve your goal? If you achieved your goal respond to item (a) below. If you need to modify your plan, address item (b) below.
a. If your goal was achieved, specifically indicate how you can consolidate, strengthen, and support the change achieved so things do not slide back into the status quo (Neuhauser, Myhre, & Alemi, 2004, p. 7).
b. If modification is needed, what changes do you think are required to achieve your goal? Be specific. Include information how you would act upon the modified plan reusing the PDCA cycle if you had additional time to do so.
1. Document and submit the following information:
a. The goal for professional development related to a specific nursing leadership or management skill that you identified.
b. The specific plan you formulated to achieve your goal.
c. The measurable criteria you identified to determine if improvement had occurred.
d. Frequency of data collection.
e. Conclusions you reached based on your data analysis and whether or not you achieved your goal or modification of your plan is needed.
f. If you achieved your goal, provide information on how you plan to consolidate, strengthen, and support the changes achieved or if plan modification is needed, provide information on changes needed to achieve your goal and how you would act upon the modified plan reusing the PDCA cycle if you had additional time available to do so.
2. The total page count for the project is to be NOT less than 4 pages and not more than 6 pages NOT including the title page, Charts, survey, and reference page.