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NUR 514 Topic 3 DQ 2

DQ 2 :You have been selected to serve on a community outreach committee within your state nursing organization As a nurse leader, how could you draw from change theory to address these concerns and encourage collaboration on the committee?

You have been selected to serve on a community outreach committee within your state nursing organization. The
committee includes registered nurses of different specialties. At your first meeting, it becomes evident that not
everyone is in agreement with a recent position statement about the role of spiritual care, with some members
arguing they will no longer support the committee if the position statement is not revised or reversed. As a nurse
leader, how could you draw from change theory to address these concerns and encourage collaboration on the
committee?

Being a leaders comes with many challenges. Sometimes these challenges will call for creative
solutions to bring multiple parties to the table with a solution that will work for everyone. In
healthcare, the common goal is serve the needs of the patients and the public’s health needs. In
the scenario presented, the nurse leader will have to start of by reminding everyone involved in
the committee what the common goal is of the committee and who they are serving (the public).
Disagreements and the unwillingness to comprise can overcloud judgments and decisions.
“When teams are faced with adversity, the tendency can be to pass blame and begin to question
the system, management or leadership. Challenges require every member to remain committed to
the ultimate goal, which in the case of health care is patient care” (Bosch & Mansell, 2015)
Lewin’s change theory provides a blueprint on resolving conflicts among groups who have
differences of opinion. Lewin’s Change Theory discusses three major components: driving
forces, restraining forces and equilibrium. “Driving forces are those that push in a direction that
causes change to occur, restraining forces are those forces that counter the driving forces and
Equilibrium is a state of being where driving forces equal restraining forces, and no change
occurs” (Nursing Theory, n.d.). When dealing with conflict among groups of individuals with
different visions, I would draw from the equilibrium force. The obvious reason would be due to
the fact that in this states, parties can be brought to the table with each of their ideas presented
and from their choose from each side what closely matches the vision and purpose of the
committee and ultimately the public. This will allow the leader to pull all parties in the same
direction with the ideas that the each party has the closely aligns with the end goal.

References:
Bosch, B., & Mansell, H. (2015). Interprofessional collaboration in health care: Lessons to be
learned from competitive sports. Canadian pharmacists journal : CPJ = Revue des pharmaciens
du Canada : RPC, 148(4), 176–179. https://doi.org/10.1177/1715163515588106
Nursing Theory. (n.d.). Lewin’s Change Theory. Retrieved from: https://nursing-
theory.org/theories-and-models/lewin-change-theory.php
RESPOND HERE (150 WORDS, 2 REFERENCES)
This is insightful Ketlie, there are different challenges associated with leadership. Some of these
challenges often arise from conflicts caused by misunderstandings on different issues. As a
result, leaders ought to formulate different strategies on how to solve problems by addressing the

issues favoring or rejecting anyone’s opinion (Tjosvold et al., 2019). There is the need for team
leaders to set common goals that would guide committee members into making the right
decisions and creating the right environment for operational processes. To provide effective
solution to the conflicting issue given above, there is the need for the committee members to
consider Lewin’s Change Theory discusses three major components: driving forces, restraining
forces and equilibrium. understanding Lewin’s Change Theory is critical in providing solution to
the conflicts by creating agreements and understanding among the committee members. Solving
conflict using Lewin’s theory should incorporate creating or common goals by bringing people
together to overcome conflicting issues (Bastyr, 2019).
References

Bastyr, V. (2019). Managing Conflict in Healthcare Organizations (Doctoral dissertation, The
College of St. Scholastica).
https://www.proquest.com/openview/fa5fa56532be89d202eeb0d99d77425b/1?pq-
origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y
Tjosvold, D., Wong, A. S., & Chen, N. Y. F. (2019). Managing conflict for effective leadership
and organizations. In Oxford research encyclopedia of business and management.
https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190224851.013.240

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