Change process during redesign of a model of nursing practice in a surgical ward
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2008
© 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 257–265, April 2008
How to Cite
HAYMAN, B., WILKES, L. and CIOFFI, J. (2008), Change process during redesign of a model of nursing practice in a surgical ward. Journal of Nursing Management, 16: 257–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00774.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2008
- Accepted for publication: 17 July 2005
- change process;
- practice model;
Aim This paper reports a case study of nursing practice model redesign in a surgical ward at a large metropolitan acute care hospital in Sydney, Australia.
Background Literature suggests that factors such as financial restraints and shortage of nurses necessitate redesign of nursing care.
Method A descriptive case study design was used. The nursing practice model was changed from a patient allocation model to a team-nursing model and a new role of Clinical Activities Coordinator was introduced.
Results This study has confirmed that people need to be able to empower themselves to ensure an effective change process. It was also apparent in the case study that the staff were resistant to the redesign.
Conclusions Change is a difficult process, which needs to involve all stakeholders. The planning process needs to consider the characteristics of the context such as workload and skill required, and the measures such as patient and staff satisfaction and health outcomes.