What examples of leadership have you seen in working with others at your practicum setting as well as in other situations? What have you observed that inspires you to be an effective leader? What challenges have you noticed? How does this relate to your personal leadership style? How can you, as a leader, facilitate the translation of evidence into practice? What leadership skills aid this process?
For this Discussion reflect on what makes a leader effective and how insights from theory as well as previous endeavors can be applied to planning for and implementing a change related to the translation of evidence into practice.
Consider evidence-based changes currently underway or recently achieved in your practicum setting. Analyze the practicum environment, examine data, and refer to theory to identify a need for a change you would propose.
Reflect on examples of how leadership influences the translation of evidence into practice from within your practicum setting.
Identify an evidence-based change appropriate for your practicum setting.
Think of two or three instances that demonstrate how you have been able to—or, if not applicable, how you could—apply leadership skills in your practicum setting. Then, reflect on the results of your DiSC Assessment.. What strengths and/or challenges have you encountered or might you encounter based on your personal leadership style? In what ways do you need to grow as a leader?
TITLE: Leadership and the Change Process
Based on your practicum experiences, discuss the influence of leadership on the translation of evidence into practice. Provide specific insights gained from theory as well as from changes currently underway or recently achieved in your practicum setting.
Propose an evidence-based change for your practicum setting. Be sure to justify the need for this change using data.
Explain how you might apply theory as well as observations gathered from your practicum site to planning for and implementing the proposed change.
How are you developing your leadership skills in your practicum setting? Which aptitudes or experiences do you think are most important to your role as a leader in facilitating the translation of evidence into practice?
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Consider the benefits and challenges of leadership. How do you foresee that honing your leadership skills may enhance your ability to successfully translate evidence into practice?
Below are guidelines for your practicum and Discussion.
Speak with your practicum mentor about evidence-based changes that are currently underway or have recently been implemented in your practicum setting.
Critically analyze the practicum environment to determine what practices or situations are ineffective or would benefit from change. Assess data and refer to theory as you do this.
Propose a change in the practicum setting related to the translation of evidence into practice at the aggregate level. (Note: You are not required to implement the change, but you should select something that is feasible and appropriate given your practicum setting. You will use this proposed change to gain insights related to planning for and implementing change.)
As you engage in your practicum experience, develop your journal entry, and prepare for the Discussion, keep the following questions in mind:
What is the role of leadership in the change process—specifically as it relates to your practicum setting and the change you have identified? What are some facilitating and inhibiting factors with regard to leadership and this issue? Refer to leadership and change theory.
What opportunities and challenges could arise based on your personal leadership style as well as your role within your practicum setting?
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Who provides formal and informal leadership within your practicum setting? What power and/or authority do these individuals hold? How has this influenced planning for and implementing change in the past?
In this Discussion, you analyze the dynamics of your practicum setting with attention toward developing political acumen, which can be highly beneficial in your effort to facilitate evidence-based change. You also consider the need for education and methods that could be used to promote knowledge integration among various stakeholders. As you probe these issues, your goal is to develop strategies for building alliances that would support the successful implementation of the change you are proposing for your practicum experience.
How would you describe the distribution of formal and informal power, as well as authority, within your practicum setting? Think about the constellation of professional roles. Which ones are most salient for the change you are proposing? Who holds each of these roles? Who else within the organization might have political clout and be able to serve as an ally? What approach would you take to build productive alliances and generate buy-in for your proposed change?
How do you anticipate that this change would cascade through the environment? What strategies would you employ to generate wide-scale interest and investment in your proposed change, as well as the education necessary for successful adoption? Evaluate specific structures related to communication, training, organizational culture, and other factors that relate to the implementation of sustainable change.
What kinds of issues related to organizational structure and culture or interpersonal dynamics could pose a challenge for creating buy-in and/or promoting knowledge integration?
In addition to reviewing this week’s Learning Resources, be sure to speak with individuals in your practicum setting and conduct additional research to enrich your thinking for this Discussion.
TITLE: Communication and Education to Promote Change
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Based on the specifics of your practicum experience and evidence from the literature, what strategies would you employ to communicate with and educate various stakeholders? How would you engage the support of those with power and authority? Explain how this would facilitate the successful implementation of your proposed evidence-based change.
What are potential challenges for knowledge integration? How might you address those challenges?