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NUR 674 Topic 3 DQ 1

DQ 1 :Discuss the purpose of conducting an organizational needs assessment

Discuss the purpose of conducting an organizational needs assessment. What needs have you
identified in your clinical/practicum setting? What tools did you utilize to determine that need?
What will the focus of your project be?
A needs assessment is a process used by organizations to determine priorities, make
organizational improvements, or allocate resources. It involves determining the needs, or gaps,
between where the organization envisions itself in the future and the organization's current state.
You then develop a plan of action to address the needs (or closing the gaps) to bring the
organization closer to its desired future state
Exploration and identification: During the first phase of the needs assessment, you need to
determine what you already know about your organization's needs, whether it be additional
resources, new technologies, or market expansion. It's about figuring out where you are and
where you want to be. You also need to discover other undisclosed needs that may be hindering
you from moving from where you are to where you want to be. You will often rank these needs
in order of importance. You will then set the scope of your research. In other words, the needs
you are going to focus on.

Data gathering and analysis: At this stage you are collecting the information you need to better
understand the gaps (needs) between where you are and where you want to be. Data may be
collected from internal company records or externally through market research techniques such
as surveys and analysis of secondary data, including statistical data collected by the federal
government. After the data is collected, it is organized and analyzed.

Utilization: This is where the data you analyzed is used to create a plan of action and implement
it. You will set priorities, evaluate solutions, apply a cost-benefit analysis to determine which
solution is best in light of the relative costs and benefits of each, formulate a plan to implement
your solution, and then allocate the resources necessary for implementation. Again, the goal is to
develop a plan to close the gaps between the organization's desired future state and its current

Evaluation: While many organizations will not evaluate the results of their needs assessment,
smart organizations do. You will evaluate the results of the action plan against the results: has
the action plan placed you closer to where you want to be? Evaluation can help you determine
what made an action plan successful or find the errors in your needs assessment. For example,
did you miss an important gap, or were the resources you allocated insufficient to close the gap?

On my fist site visit, I observed that there was a great need for Nurse to understand vascular
access needs for the patient. This was observed with nurses do not understand exactly what type
of device that is present and be able to correlate what the radiologist interpreted on the x-ray. For

example, the Radiologist read that the tip of the picc line has been retracted back to the
auxilia.  The nurse was not able to understand for this to be true there must be a  excess amount
of catheter on the outside of the body. There was none. Not to mention the catheter was mark
with the word midline. There for the position read for the tip was correct for the midline not a
picc, which the patient has. Also, there is confusion for the nurses to under stat the difference
with non-tunneled lines versus tunneled lines.


CDC. (2018). Data collection methods for project evaluation:
Observation. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/evaluation/pdf/brief16.pdf

An organizational guide to Building Health Services Research Capacity. AHRQ. (n.d.).
Retrieved June 17, 2022, from https://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-

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