Chamberlain College of Nursing NR713 Selected Topic Paper

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Purpose

To be an effective DNP-prepared leader, it is important to be knowledgeable of various leadership theories and assess your leadership style at all three levels of the system: microsystem level, mesosystem level, and macrosystem level. Your leadership style may vary according to the situation, demands, and scope of control. Thus, the purpose of this assignment will be to gain a better understanding of your leadership style in your new role as a DNP-prepared leader.

Since the late 1970s, theories of leadership have expanded the number of variables that affect leadership. These variables include increasing complexities of the work environment, the culture of the organization, values of the organization, leader`s and followers within the organization, and the influence of the leader. Successful DNP leaders motivate their employees to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. By understanding how different leadership styles impact staff behavior, you can choose the most appropriate style for your current situation and influence your staff effectively. For example, understanding how to use the visionary style allows you describe your plan for the future, exude enthusiasm, and encourage your subordinates to follow your lead.

Course Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  • CO 1: Integrate interprofessional collaboration and the DNP indirect care role across diverse healthcare settings. (PO #4 and 8)
  • CO 2: Utilize DNP leadership strategies for advancing healthcare policy in selected healthcare systems change. (PO #2, 3, and 4)
  • CO 7: Compare and contrast driving and restraining forces that shape DNP leader response to advance quality and safety initiatives in healthcare using selected healthcare systems change. (PO #4 and 9)

Points

This assignment is worth a total of 250 points.

Due Date

This assignment is to be submitted to the Dropbox by Sunday, end of Week 4, at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Requirements

You will use leadership theories as frameworks for your Selected Topic paper, and address the three levels of the system—the microsystem, mesosystem, and macrosystem.

The following objectives for this assignment are:

  1. Identify and describe what experiences have shaped your leadership style, your philosophy towards leadership, and motivation behind your behavior. (2 pages)
  2. What are your leadership strengths; what are your weaknesses?
  3. How can you maximize your strengths? How can you minimize or remove your limitations?
  4. What are your blind spots—opinions, stereotypes, and knee-jerk reactions that are difficult to acknowledge?
  5. Identify and describe what combination of established leadership styles you would use—autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and transactional—when dealing with day-to-day operations at the three system levels. Provide examples and reference leadership theories as appropriate. (2 pages)
  6. Identify and describe what combination of established leadership styles you would use at the microsystem level.
  7. Identify and describe what combination of established leadership styles you would use at the mesosystem level.
  8. Identify and describe what combination of established leadership styles you would use at the macrosystem level.
  9. In your new role as a DNP leader, what combination of established leadership styles would you use when leading change within an organization: autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and transactional? Provide examples and reference leadership theories as appropriate. (2 pages)
  10. What would be your greatest strengths when leading change?
  11. What are your greatest barriers when leading change?
  12. How do you deal with group conflict?
  13. Identify and describe what leadership strategies would you use to reawaken the passion for practice. Provide examples and reference leadership theories as appropriate. (2 pages)
  14. What leadership strategies would you use to reawaken the passion for practice?
  15. How would you identify barriers in staff?
  16. As a DNP leader, what new skills and knowledge will you bring forth in reawakening the passion for practice?
  17. Conclusion
  18. Summarize the main points from the content of your paper.

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

  1. The paper (excluding the title page and references page) should be 8 pages. Points will be lost for not meeting the length requirement. Estimated page length for each section of the paper is outlined in the description of the assignment section.
  2. Font and sizes acceptable: 12 point Times New Roman or 11 point Arial.
  3. Use of the following subheadings to organize the content of your paper:
  4. Your Leadership Style
  5. Leadership and Day-to-Day Operations
  6. Leading Change
  7. Reawakening the Passion for Practice
  8. Conclusion
  9. This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin, as required by the Turnitin policy. Check with the instructor for more information.
  10. The textbooks required for this course may not be used as a reference for this assignment.
  11. A minimum of 8 scholarly references must be used. Scholarly references need to be current, 5–8 years or less (anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable).
  12. Title page, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section or topic of the paper.
  13. Ideas and information that come from readings must be cited and referenced correctly.
  14. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual.
  15. This paper is worth 250 total points and will be graded on quality of topic, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar, and sentence structure.

Directions and Grading Criteria

Category Points % Description
Introduction 0 0 Brief introduction to the paper, but no subtitle of introduction is used per APA format requirements.
Your Leadership Style 45 18% Description of experiences that have shaped leadership style, philosophy towards leadership, and motivation behind behavior.
Leadership and Day-to-Day Operations 45 18% Description of combination of established leadership styles used when dealing with day-to-day operations at the three system levels—microsystem level, mesosystem level, and macrosystem level.
Leading Change 45 18% Description of combination of established leadership styles used when leading change within an organization. Examples provided and referenced leadership theories.
Reawakening the Passion for Practice 45 18% Description of leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice. Examples provided and referenced leadership theories.
Conclusion 20 8% Summation of the main points of the content of your paper.
APA Format 10 4% Title page, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section or topic of the paper.
Citations in Text 15 6% Ideas and information that come from readings must be cited and referenced correctly.
Writing Mechanics 25 10% Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual.
Total 250 100% A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

 

Grading Rubric

Assignment Criteria A

(100–92%)

Outstanding or highest level of performance

B

(91–84%)

Very good or high level of performance

C

(83–76%)

Competent or satisfactory level of performance

F

(75–0%)

Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance

Content

Possible Points = 200 Points

Your Leadership Style

45 points

42–45 points 38–41 points 34–37 points 0–33 points
Identification and description of experiences that have shaped leadership style, philosophy towards leadership, and motivation behind behavior, includes all of the following.

Description of leadership strengths and weaknesses?

Description of maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses.

Description of blind spots—opinions, stereotypes.

Identification and description of experiences that have shaped leadership style, philosophy towards leadership, and motivation behind behavior, includes two of the following.

Description of leadership strengths and weaknesses?

Description of maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses.

Description of blind spots—opinions, stereotypes.

Identification and description of experiences that have shaped leadership style, philosophy towards leadership, and motivation behind behavior, includes one of the following.

Description of leadership strengths and weaknesses?

Description of maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses.

Description of blind spots—opinions, stereotypes.

Identification and description of experiences that have shaped leadership style, philosophy towards leadership, and motivation behind behavior does not include the following.

Description of leadership strengths and weaknesses?

Description of maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses.

Description of blind spots—opinions, stereotypes.

Leadership and Day-to-Day Operations

45 points

42–45 points 38–41 points 34–37 points 0–33 points
Identification and description of established leadership styles used—autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and transactional—when dealing with day-to-day operations, includes all of the following.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the microsystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the mesosystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles you would use at the macrosystem level.

Identification and description of established leadership styles used—autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and transactional—when dealing with day-to-day operations, includes two of the following.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the microsystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the mesosystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles you would use at the macrosystem level.

Identification and description of established leadership styles used—autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and transactional—when dealing with day-to-day operations, includes one of the following.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the microsystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the mesosystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles you would use at the macrosystem level.

Identification and description of established leadership styles used—autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, and transactional – when dealing with day-to-day does not include the following.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the microsystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles used at the mesosystem level.

Combination of established leadership styles you would use at the macrosystem level.

Leading Change

45 points

42–45 points 38–41 points 34–37 points 0–33 points
Identification and description of established leadership styles used when leading change within an organization includes all of the following.

Greatest strengths when leading change.

Greatest barriers when leading change.

Dealing with group conflict.

 

Identification and description of established leadership styles used when leading change within an organization includes two of the following.

Greatest strengths when leading change.

Greatest barriers when leading change.

Dealing with group conflict.

 

Identification and description of established leadership styles used when leading change within an organization includes one of the following.

Greatest strengths when leading change.

Greatest barriers when leading change.

Dealing with group conflict.

 

Identification and description of established leadership styles used when leading change within an organization does not include the following.

Greatest strengths when leading change.

Greatest barriers when leading change.

Dealing with group conflict.

 

Reawakening the Passion for Practice

45 points

42–45 points 38–41 points 34–37 points 0–33 points
Identification and description of leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice includes all of the following.

Leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice.

Barriers in staff identified.

New skills and knowledge identified.

 

Identification and description of leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice includes two of the following.

Leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice.

Barriers in staff identified.

New skills and knowledge identified.

 

Identification and description of leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice includes one of the following.

Leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice.

Barriers in staff identified.

New skills and knowledge identified.

 

Identification and description of leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice does not include the following.

Leadership strategies used to reawaken the passion for practice.

Barriers in staff identified.

New skills and knowledge identified.

 

Conclusion

20 points

18–20 points 16–17 points 13–15 points 0 points
Thorough summation of the main points of the content of paper. Summation of the main points of the content of paper. Brief summation of the main points of the content of paper. Summation of the main points of the content of paper is not included.
Content Subtotal _____ of 200 points
Format

Possible Points = 50 points

APA Style

10 points

9–10 points 8 points 7 points 0–6 points
There are zero to one APA format error in the text, title page, and reference page(s),

AND

correctly formatted headings identify all sections of the paper.

There are two to four APA format errors in the text, title page, and/or reference page(s),

AND

correctly formatted headings identify all sections of the paper.

There are five to six APA format errors in the text, title page, or reference page(s).

OR

Correctly formatted headings do not identify all sections of the paper.

There are more than seven APA format errors in the text, title page, or reference page(s).

OR

There are no headings in the paper.

Citations

15 points

14–15 points 13–12 points 11–10 points 9–0 points
There are zero to one error in the crediting of ideas and information that contributed to knowledge. There are two to three errors in the crediting of ideas and information from sources that contributed to knowledge. There are four to five errors in the crediting of ideas and information from sources that contributed to knowledge. There are six or more errors in the crediting of ideas and information from sources that contributed to knowledge.
Writing Quality

25 points

23–25 points 21–22 points 19–20 points 0–18 points
One to two errors or exceptions to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and other aspects of formal written work as found in the sixth edition of the APA manual,

AND

paper meets page-length requirements.

Three to five exceptions or errors to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and other aspects of formal written work as found in the sixth edition of the APA manual,

AND

paper meets page-length requirements.

Six to seven errors and exceptions to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and other aspects of formal written work as found in the sixth edition of the APA manual.

OR

Paper does not meet page-length requirements.

Eight or more errors and exceptions to the rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and other aspects of formal written work as found in the sixth edition of the APA manual.
Format Subtotal _____ of 50 points
Total Points

 

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