Week 5: Organizational Culture and Climate: Assessment and Analysis

Assignment Guidelines with Scoring Rubric

I.               Purpose:

The purpose of this assignment is to explore the culture and climate of the healthcare organization and its impact on providing a healthy, safe, and person-centered care and work environment. (CO 1,3,6)

Due Date: Sunday 11:59 PM MT at the end of Week 5

II.             Total Points Possible: 150

III.          Requirements

Description of the Assignment

This assignment provides an opportunity for the student to

·       Assess organizational culture and climate within a healthcare organization known to the student

·       Analyze the organizational culture and climate for its strengths and opportunities for improvement

·       Determine the organization’s capacity to provide a healthy, safe, person-centered environment for staff and patients based on its culture and climate

·       Reflect on the “fit” of personal leadership profile with the organization’s culture and climate

IV.          Preparing the Assignment

Requirements:

1.      Address all components of the Organizational Culture and Climate Assessment and Analysis Paper as outlined under “Assignment Directions and Criteria”.

2.      The paper is graded on quality and completeness of information, depth of thought, organization following outline provided, substantive narrative, use of citations, use of standard English, and writing conventions.

3.      Format:

a.     APA format, using most current edition, is required for citations and references in this assignment

                                                    i.     Required elements

1.      Title page, reference page

2.      Page numbers, doubles-spaced, times new roman, 12pt font, 1” margins, level 1 headings

3.      Paper length: 6 maxima, excluding reference page, title page, and assessment tool

                                                   ii.     Scholarly sources: Minimum of four (4) scholarly resources no older than 5 years

                                                  iii.     Proof-reading

1.      Use spell check and grammar check and correct all errors

2.      Compare final draft to detailed outline directions to ensure all required elements included

                                                  iv.     Submitting the paper

1.      Submit to Week 5 Assignment portal by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT

2.      Must achieve TII score < 24% to be graded

3.      Final submission only will be graded

 

DIRECTIONS AND ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA

This assignment has two steps and requires that you do an actual assessment and analysis of the healthcare organization within which you work.

Step 1: The Assessment Tool

Complete the Organizational Culture and Climate Assessment Tool. The tool is your data collection tool, or “notes-taking” pages you will need to complete before doing the analysis. You may already know some of the information, but some may require communication with key people in the organization, for example, human resources, financial officers, or nurse executives. Submitting the completed tool with your final paper submission is required. It is not included in your page count. You receive credit for completing and submitting it the items in the following outline.

Step 2: The Analysis

Analyze the findings from your assessment following the outline below. (See the rubric for specific criteria within each section) Support your analysis and conclusions with specific evidence from your assessment and scholarly sources.  The paper will contain the following components with headings as required. (Remember, no heading is used for the introduction section)

I.                 Introduction

a.      Stated purpose

b.     Definition of organizational culture vs climate

c.      Broad overview of components of the paper

II.               Organizational culture and climate analysis

a.      Summary of assessment findings

b.     Mission, vision, and goals reflected in culture and climate

c.      Strengths and Opportunities for improvement

d.     Climate reflective of culture

III.              Healthy, safe, person-centered care environment capacity

a.      Describe the organizational culture’s capacity to support

b.     What would a visiting potential staff recruit experience about the institution’s culture that would attract them to work there?

c.      Nurse leader’s role in setting the organizational culture and climate to promote a healthy work environment?

IV.             Implications

a.      Two strategies to address the opportunities for improvement 

b.     Alignment of Personal Leadership Profile and Organizational Culture and Climate

V.               Conclusion

a.      Broadly address the what has been accomplished in the paper

b.     Benefits of the completing the assignment

 

Category

Points

%

Description

 

Introduction

10

10%

Purpose stated, organizational culture and climate defined; broad overview of components of paper

Organizational Culture and Climate Assessment Tool

15

15%

All elements addressed; document included with final paper submission

Analysis: Element 1

Organizational Culture and Climate Description

20

20

Organizational culture at the institution described using general categories from assessment and include: Physical environment; social environment; professional and personal support; organizational power structures; environmental safety; organizational communication; organizational taboos

Analysis: Element 2

 

Mission, vision, and goals

20

20

Organizational Mission, vision, goals specifically align to reflect categories of organizational culture and include

Physical environment; social environment; professional and personal support; organizational power structures; environmental safety; organizational communication; organizational taboos

Analysis: Element 3

Strengths and Opportunities for improvement

20

 

Minimum of three strengths of organizational culture described;

Minimum of two major opportunities for improvement described

Analysis: Element 4

 

Climate reflective of culture

20

 

Description of organizational climate including at least two ways in which it specifically reflects the organizational culture

Healthy, safe, person-centered care capacity

15

 

Organization culture and climate capacity to support healthy, safe, person-centered healthcare work environment; Capacity for attracting staff; Impact on nurse recruitment; Nurse leader role in setting culture and climate

Implications

 

10

 

Strategies to address the identified opportunities for improvement

Personal Leadership Profile and Organizational Culture and Climate Alignment

Conclusion

 

10

 

Broadly address the what has been accomplished in the paper

Benefits of the completing the assignment

Writing conventions, format, and reference citations

10

 

Writing is clear concise without grammatical and spelling errors. All references are correctly cited (if applicable) and written.

 

 

 

A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

V.            Grading Rubric

Assignment Criteria

 

Content

Possible Points = 150

Outstanding or highest level of performance

 

Very good or high level of performance

 

Competent or satisfactory level of performance

Poor or failing level of performance

Unsatisfactory level of performance

 

 

Introduction

Purpose stated, organizational culture and climate defined; broad overview of components of paper

10 Points

8 Points

6 Points

3 Points

0 Points

All four elements accurately and clearly articulated

Three (3) of four (4) elements accurately and clearly articulate

Two (2) of four (4) elements clearly present with general reference to the remaining elements

One (1) element is clearly present with general reference to remaining elements

All Elements are missing or unrelated to the assignment

Organizational Culture and Climate Assessment Tool

 

7 Categories of Organizational Culture and Climate Assessment Tool complete and submitted with paper

15 Points

10

5

 

0 Points

Seven categories completed document included with final paper submission

Seven categories are addressed with more than 25% of elements missing

Seven categories addressed with more than 50% of elements missing

 

Three or less categories complete; all categories addressed with more than 75% missing; or document is not submitted with final paper

Analysis Element 1

Organizational Culture Description

 

Organizational culture at the institution described using general categories from assessment and include:

 

Physical environment; social environment; professional and personal support; organizational power structures; environmental safety; organizational communication; organizational taboos

20 Points

10

5

 

0 points

Organizational culture description is clearly articulated and addresses all seven (7) categories from the assessment

Organizational culture description is clearly articulated and addressed at a minimum of five (5) categories from the assessment

Organizational culture is generally described and address a minimum of three categories from the assessment

 

Organizational culture description is general; addresses less than three (3) categories from the assessment; or is unrelated to the assignment

Analysis Element 2

 

Mission, vision, and goals

 

Organizational Mission, vision, goals specifically align to reflect categories of organizational culture and include:

 

Physical environment; social environment; professional and personal support; organizational power structures; environmental safety; organizational communication; organizational taboos

 

20 Points

10 points

5 points

 

0 Points

Alignment of organizational culture to the institution’s mission, vision, and goals is clearly articulated and addresses all seven (7) categories from the assessment

Alignment of organizational culture to the institution’s mission, vision, and goals is clearly articulated and addresses five (5) categories from the assessment

Alignment of organizational culture to the institution’s mission, vision, and goals is general; addresses a minimum of three (3) categories from the assessment

 

Alignment of organizational culture to the institution’s mission, vision, and goals is general; addresses less than three (3) categories from the assessment; or is unrelated to the assignment

Analysis Element # 3

 

Strengths and Opportunities for improvement

 

Minimum of three strengths of organizational culture described;

 

Minimum of two major opportunities for improvement described

20 Points

16 points

12 points

8

0 points

All five (5) elements addressed and clearly articulated

Four (4) elements addressed and clearly articulated

Three (3) elements are addressed and clearly articulated

Three (3) elements are generally described

Less than three (3) elements are described or content unrelated

Analysis Element # 4

 

Climate reflective of culture

 

Description of organizational climate based on assessment findings and includes at least two ways in which it specifically reflects the organizational culture

20 points

10 points

5 points

 

          0 points

Organizational Climate is described and clearly articulated; supported by assessment findings; and contains all required elements

Organizational Climate is described and clearly articulated; supported by assessment findings; and contains 50% of all required elements

Organizational Climate is generally described and clearly articulated; minimal support by assessment findings; and minimally contains all required elements

 

Organizational Climate is described and clearly articulated; supported by assessment findings; and contains all required elements

Healthy, safe, person-centered care capacity

Organization culture and climate capacity to support healthy, safe, person-centered healthcare work environment; Capacity for attracting staff; Impact on nurse recruitment; Nurse leader role in setting culture and climate

15

12

6

 

0

Description of organization’s capacity is clearly articulated and contains all required (four) components

Description of organization’s capacity is clearly articulated and contains three (3) required components

Description of organization’s capacity is generally stated contains only two (2) required components

 

Description of organization’s capacity is generally stated and contains one (1) or less required components; OR is missing

Implications

Two strategies to address the identified opportunities for improvement

Personal Leadership Profile and Organizational Culture and Climate Alignment

10 Points

5 points

3 Points

 

0 Points

All three components are addressed and clearly articulated

Two of three components are clearly articulate and third is generally addressed

One of three components is clearly articulated, and others are generally addressed

 

All components are generally and superficially addressed or absent

Conclusion

Recaps the content purpose; what has been accomplished; Benefits of the completing the assignment

10

                        5            

 

 

0

All components addressed and clearly articulated

All components are generally addressed; or two of three components clearly articulated and one missing or generally addressed

 

 

One component is present and generally addressed; conclusion is absent; conclusion unrelated to assignment

Writing Conventions, format, and reference citations

 

APA format is followed for paper layout, reference pages, in-text citations

 

Writing is clear concise without grammatical and spelling errors.

All references are written using APA format

 

4 scholarly references used and are less than 5 years old

 

10

8

               6

4

0

All requirements met with two (2) or less errors

All requirements met with three (3) errors

All requirements met four (4) errors

All requirements met with five (5) errors

All requirements met with six (6) or more errors

Total Points

 

 

_____of 150 points

 

 

 

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