CHANGE AGENT 1
Healthcare practitioners must be prepared to adapt to changingcircumstances. Medical practices undergo continuous refinements dueto advancing technology (Grol, Wensing, Eccles, & Davis, 2013).In this regard, change agents are required to ensure smoothtransition in the organization. In this paper, I will argue thatchange agents must be proactive and resourceful to fulfill theirduties effectively.
A change agent is required to evaluate the resources available at thehealthcare facility. In this regard, the institution must have thenecessary staff required to implement the change (McCormack et al.,2013). Furthermore, the healthcare organization should have enoughresources that can facilitate the shift. Planned change occurs whenan institution decides to implement a shift in medical operations(Grol et al., 2013). For example, practitioners in the facility canplan to change the immunization procedures after several months.Professionals in the surgical department may also choose to changethe anesthetics used before medical procedures. On the other hand,change by drift occurs due to factors that occur suddenly orunexpectedly (Grol et al., 2013). For instance, some medications maybe shown to have harmful effects on patients. Hence, the organizationwould need to make a sudden change in harmony with industrystandards.
An effective change agent must be proactive and resourceful toprovide direction and guidance. In most instances, healthcareinstitutions are reluctant to make operational modifications (Grol etal., 2013). The organization could fear the uncertainty caused byunprecedented changes. Hence, a change agent must be proactive byseeking to understand the extent of factors involved in makingalterations (McCormack et al., 2013). It is important to consult withfederal institutions to understand the necessity of change. In myworkplace, I have functioned as a change agent by examining theresources required to implement the modifications. Consequently, theorganization achieved a smooth transition.
Indeed, change agents can perform their roles effectively if theybecame proactive and resourceful. Healthcare institutions may bereluctant to make alterations due to fear of failure. However, changeagents can evaluate the importance of making modifications along withthe resources required.
Grol, R., Wensing, M., Eccles, M., & Davis, D. (Eds.). (2013).Improving patient care: The implementation of change in healthcare. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
McCormack, B., Rycroft-Malone, J., DeCorby, K., Hutchinson, A. M.,Bucknall, T., Kent, B., … & Wallin, L. (2013). A realist reviewof interventions and strategies to promote evidence-informedhealthcare: A focus on change agency. Implementation Science,8(1), 107.
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