Today’s healthcare environment is ever-evolving. This constant progression requires educators and practitioners to be nimble, flexible, and responsive to change. While individuals can be nimble and flexible, organizational culture is often stubbornly resistant. Changing the culture requires more than introducing new activities or tasks.
In this follow-up to their highly regarded book-Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes-Gwen Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch focus on reflective learning as a catalyst for transforming traditional organizations and environments. The authors make a strong case that the way organizations incorporate change into their culture or processes ultimately affects sustainability.
Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation promotes a systematic change that supports nurses and educators in learning from experiences in order to craft future change. Each chapter provides theory followed by case studies that demonstrate practical applications in real-world situations, and thoughtful questions guide readers in analyzing concepts in the stories. If you want to know how to begin, what to expect, and how others have addressed the familiar challenges of the change process, this book will serve as your guide.
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About the Authors
Gwen D. Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is Co-Investigator for the award-winning Robert Wood Johnson-funded Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project to transform curricula to prepare nurses for working in and leading quality and safety in redesigned healthcare.
Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, is Professor and Jean Watson Caring Science Endowed Chair at the University Of Colorado College Of Nursing. Her work in mindful and reflective practices, as well as her experiences with the national quality and safety work of QSEN, has had a significant impact on the quality and care of patients in the psychiatric mental health arena.
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