Stakeholder support is necessary for a successful project implementation. Consider your internal stakeholders, such as the facility, unit, or health care setting where the change proposal is being considered, and your external stakeholders, like an individual or group outside the health care setting. Why is their support necessary to the success of your change proposal, and how you will go about securing that support?

 

 

(Ben Kon)

 

 

 

Stakeholder engagement is the most important aspect of project development and implementation. Their feedback is invaluable as it provides information concerning the ethical, environmental, and social influence that the project will have on a community (Nelson, 2014). Additionally, individuals with direct involvement in the project are strongly motivated to get involved in the development and implementation stages. External stakeholders in this project include focus groups, the Federal government,  the State of New Jersey Department of Corrections, and the Rutgers University Healthcare System, while internal stakeholders include the facility’s nurses, corrections officers, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapists. My project involves a mental and behavioral health facility. The cooperation of these stakeholders is necessary for the success of my project.

Engagement of the internal stakeholders in my project will help me to fully reap the benefits of helping the patients at the mental facility and make sure that changes to the programs benefit the patients first (Bridges, 2015). The patients, which in my project are the nurses who work at the facility, are the most important aspect of the project. As many nurses as possible will be encouraged to be part of the project team. Convincing staff to help to improve the well-being of the nurses who routinely and regularly face burnout and compassion fatigue is a very effective strategy. This is because the operation is more labor-intensive than capital-intensive. Implementing such a change is not difficult. It only requires individuals who are committed to the course and backing from the mental facility’s management.

Effective management of projects creates long-lasting economic benefits health and social benefits for the patients and their families (Bridges, 2015). This means that taxpayers’ money is made efficient with the provision of quality services to the facility. Involvement of stakeholders such as the mental facility’s management will provide me with the opportunity to create an alignment between my project plans and the families’ expectations, values, and needs hence bringing about long-lasting sustenance and interest of stakeholders.

Focus groups are also important stakeholders in the project development and implementation process (Nelson, 2014). They are crucial in providing a means through which people express their opinions on how the health of the patients affects their lives and the community in general. Additionally, focus groups’ involvement is important for the clarification of the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder as well as the promotion of a clear understanding of what is necessary for the successful implementation of the project. Therefore, focus groups provide a platform where people can be heard.

The process involved in securing the support of stakeholders is known as stakeholder management. In order to secure their support, I will have to assess their knowledge and skills; determine their requirements; determine their interests; address their concerns; maintain a positive connection with each one of them; identify their strategies; ensure their involvement in the project (Fineout-Overholt et al., 2011). Some of the important stakeholders in my project will include clinical researchers and physicians. They will ensure every person is adequately trained and prepared to participate in the interventional therapy.

Overall, it is evident that the involvement of stakeholders is necessary for the success of my project. Their involvement will help me to fully reap the benefits of helping patients and their families through programs for mental patients. Additionally, involving them creates a long-lasting economic benefit for the families involved as well as social benefits. Also notably, some stakeholders such as focus groups provide a platform where the patients’ families can express their opinions. Stakeholders are the most important aspect of the implementation of a project.

 

References

Bridges, E. J. (2015). Research at the bedside: It makes a difference. American Journal of Critical Care24(4), 283-289.

Fineout-Overholt, E., Williamson, K. M., Gallagher-Ford, L., Melnyk, B. M., & Stillwell, S. B. (2011). Evidence-based practice, step by step: following the evidence: planning for sustainable change. AJN The American Journal of Nursing111(1), 54-60.

Nelson, A. M. (2014). Best practice in nursing: A concept analysis. International journal of nursing studies51(11), 1507-1516.

 

 

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