NR 630 EXECUTIVE PRACTICUM; LEARNING AGREEMENT WEEK 1,4 & 7 Directions: For Week 1, fill out the learning agreement with self-identified goals to meet course outcomes and initial plans to meet those self-identified goals; review the goals and plans with mentor.

In Week 4 the goals, plan to meet the goals and actual goal attained is to be identified and submitted. At Week 7 of the practicum experience, evaluate success with your mentor and obtain the mentor’s signature at the bottom of agreement. Save this form as a Word document and enter required information directly onto it. See Learning Agreement Grading Rubric for grading details The learning agreement is to be submitted Weeks 1, 4, and 7. Learning agreement consists of three sections: I. Student Learning Outcomes Table II. Signatures approving plan (Week 1) III. Signatures at mid-point (Week 4) IV. Signatures and mentor verification (Week 7) Note: Each section in table and signatures must be completed prior to submission for faculty approval. Minimum of 100 hours practicum experience required. I. Student Learning Outcomes Course Outcomes Student Identified Practicum Goals to Meet Course Outcomes(Week 1) Plan to Meet Student Identified Practicum Goals(Week 1) Mid-Point Narrative Description of Attainment of Student Identified Goals with revisions(Week 4) 1. Synthesize knowledge from evidence-based literature as a foundation for the executive role. Synthesize knowledge from evidence-based educational and nursing literature as a foundation for a management practicum related to a staffing plan. • Creating and implementing a staffing plan at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston Texas. Current vacancy rate is 25% to 20 % within six weeks. • Hired a new registered nurse to start in two weeks or 11/22/2017 • Continual adjustment and integration of staffing plan process. Interviewed two candidates and both declined position based on location of job site. • Compare staffing plan to national staffing level. • Research evidence- based staffing plan and what are the best practices. • Created a staffing plan and have implemented it as well as Memorial Hermann Hospital – Memorial City in Houston, Texas. • The new registered nurse has been hired and is currently on orientation. Still have one opening for a registered nurse and two scrub technicians. • Currently trying to interview one new nurse and utilizing float pool personnel. Also, utilizing an internal type of float pool of that is available within the system. Make sure prospective employees’ values are compatible of the unit and organizational values. • Continue to research evidence- based staffing plan and what are the best practices. 2. Demonstrate leadership skills of the nurse executive in an organizational setting Integrate effective communication techniques and relationship management in the role of the nurse leader • Formulate communication plans through input from stakeholders and establish course objects for a practicum understanding. • Create connections and collaborate with key stakeholders to promote the organization • Identify internal and external challenges to carrying out organization’s mission. • Mrs. Hernandez had several meetings with staff regarding issue concerning the staff morale. Mrs. Hernandez had several meetings with the surgeons on ways to improve morale • Brainstormed with councel that was formulated to increase morale. • Human resource department started a market analysis within the Houston metro area, to ensure salary is within range 3. Integrate effective communication techniques and relationship management in the role of the nurse leader Integrate effective communication techniques and relationship management in the role of the nurse administrator. • Formulate communication plans through input from stakeholders • Utilize learned skills to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders • Employ effective strategies of communicating by advocating for change or use of a variety of mediums. • Interact with staff in a positive manner at all times. • Write personal notes to staff • Verbally encourage staff and co-workers • Post motivational and inspirational quotes around the department. • Place a suggestion box in the unit and discuss issues and resolutions at staff meetings. 4. Utilize critical inquiry and judgment in organizational decision-making Utilize critical inquiry and judgment in organizational decision-making as an executive leader in a leadership position. • Demonstrates comprehensive professionl knowledge of current research to improve health care outcomes. • Identifies strategies of best practices for practical health care applications. • Illustrates critical thinking to develop organized and systematic components of the nursing process. • The defining feature of applied research is that it is driven by the need to answer practical questions surrounding health sector management and development. • Applied research projects can help to bridge the theory/practice divide. As such, they can play a valuable role in developing the workforce • Read widely and adopt an approach which is compatible with your personal frame of reference (including your values, aspirations, self-image) and acknowledge the derivation of approach. 5. Exemplify professional values and scholarship that support leadership and professional development Exemplify professional values and scholarship that support leadership and professional development of a leader • Demonstrate comprehensive professional nursing practice deicated to lifelong scholarly collaboration and development for best practices • Relate the comprehensive professional scholarly process through collaboration as a key component to the integration of best practices in healthcare. • Research shows that employees’ engagement with their work is an important predictor of job satisfaction and their intention to remain in an organization. • Nurses who are more engaged in an organization seem to use discretionary energy in ways that drive an organization to top performance. • The level of employee engagement significantly impacts retention, absenteeism, patient satisfaction, patient outcomes, and ultimately, patient safety. 6. Demonstrate the elements of human caring, legal and ethical principles into the role of the nurse executive Demonstrate the elements of human caring, legal and ethical principles into the role of the leader • Demonstrate understanding of the competent ethical priciples and values of nursing practice • Translate a core set of competent nursing ethical values as a framework for practice • Ensure nurse managers and other leaders understand the key factors that drive nurse engagement and impact on performance and retention • Provide hospitals with actionable, benchmarked data on their nurses’ level of engagement demonstrate the link between the level of nurse engagement and retention, recruitment, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and the reputation of the organization • report the strategies, practices, behaviors, and actions that have improved employee trust and engagement

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