The Necessity of Stakeholders Support
Stakeholder support is necessary for a successful project implementation. Consider your internal stakeholders, such as the facility, unit, or health care setting where the change proposal is being considered, and your external stakeholders, like an individual or group outside the health care setting. Why is their support necessary to the success of your change proposal, and how you will go about securing that support? The Change proposal topic is Staffing Shortages in Long term acute care.
The Necessity of Stakeholder’s Support
Why Stakeholders’ Support is Necessary to the Success of Change Proposal
Stakeholders play a crucial role in the implementation of a change plan. In my change proposal, involving stakeholders will help generate evidence on the prevalence of Staffing Shortages in Long term acute care. Gaining stakeholders’ support will reduce cases of change rejections and increase the plan’s acceptance (Norris et al., 2017). The support will facilitate the plan’s successful implementation since it will provide appropriate leadership, financial support, and resources. This will create a framework to spearhead the implementation of the change by avoiding the setbacks that could have resulted from stakeholders’ blockages.
Internal stakeholders involved in implementing this change proposal include the healthcare professionals, administration team, caregivers, and support staff who experience the staffing shortage directly (Petkovic et al., 2020). Healthcare professionals, for instance, are the ones who are directly impacted by the staffing shortage, and thus gaining their support will validate the effectiveness of these change proposals. Administrators are also responsible for collaborating with external stakeholders, and thus gaining their support will form the foundation for successful implementation. External stakeholders include the government, patients, financing organizations, and the community. Support from the external stakeholders will ensure that the change implementation team has all the necessary resources to implement the change proposal (Norris et al., 2017). It will also ensure that the proposal adheres to the current health policies while ensuring that the change benefits the entire population.
How to Gain Support
There are different ways I can gain support from the stakeholders. First, I will create awareness on the need for this change initiative and how it will help in improving the quality of care in the long term acute care setting. Awareness may be done by holding seminars and conferences to facilitate interactive engagement. I can also gain support from the stakeholders by actively involving them throughout the change implementation process (Petkovic et al., 2020). This includes consulting with them at all levels and incorporating their ideas into the change initiative. Allowing the stakeholders to participate in decision-making on the change proposal will create a sense of ownership, thus gaining their support.
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Petkovic, J., Riddle, A., Akl, E. A., Khabsa, J., Lytvyn, L., Atwere, P., … & Tugwell, P. (2020). Protocol for the development of guidance for stakeholder engagement in health and healthcare guideline development and implementation. Systematic reviews, 9(1), 1-11. https://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13643-020-1272-5