LN002 Systems Thinking in Nursing Leadership
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LN002 Systems Thinking in Nursing Leadership

LN002 Systems Thinking in Nursing Leadership



NURS 6201 Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare

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Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking involves a method of contemplating systems as a whole (Arnold & Wade, 2015). It is imperative to thoroughly analyze the interdependencies among various departments within organizations. In order to deliver superior care, it is essential to scrutinize individual systems both independently and collectively. Systems Thinking facilitates a broader perspective, guiding the enhancement of our transition of care plan. Every facet of care must be evaluated and coordinated to ensure not only adequate and high-quality care but also seamless continuity across departments.

NURS 6201 Assessment 2 LN002 Systems Thinking in Nursing Leadership

Transition of Care: Acute Care to LTC

About 22% of transitions of care (TOC) from acute care settings involve transfers to long-term care (LTC) facilities (Cao et al., 2023). The transition to LTC presents a significant adjustment, often challenging for residents. Ensuring continuity and quality of care upon arrival and throughout their LTC stay is crucial to support this transition effectively.

Systems Thinking to Align with IHI Quadruple Aim

Effective interdisciplinary teamwork is paramount to the success of TOCs. Upon notification of a TOC, a team meeting will be convened to discuss the resident’s needs upon arrival. It is essential to ensure that the team can address all resident care needs collectively before the resident’s arrival. Team members will also prepare the resident’s room and conduct a thorough inspection beforehand. Upon arrival, a goals of care meeting will be conducted with the resident and, if applicable, their representative.

Adding Joy to the Workplace

Employee burnout is a growing concern. Enhancing workplace joy can increase employee satisfaction, leading to better resident care. Fostering joy in the workplace represents a proactive strategy compared to reactive measures (Jalilianhasanpour et al., 2021).

Stakeholders in TOC to LTC

  • Nurses: Nurses play a critical role in the care of residents transitioning into LTC.
  • MD/APRN/PA: Providers are vital in LTC resident care, ensuring appropriate orders covering all resident needs.
  • LTC Administrator: Responsible for the smooth operation of the LTC facility.
  • Resident: The resident is the primary stakeholder in a TOC, as the LTC facility becomes their home.
  • Resident Family/Representative


Arnold, R. D., & Wade, J. P. (2015). A definition of systems thinking: A systems approach. Procedia Computer Science, 44, 669–678. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2015.03.050

Cao, Y. J., Wang, Y., Mullahy, J., Burns, M., Liu, Y., & Smith, M. (2023). The Relative Importance of Hospital Discharge and Patient Composition in Changing Post-Acute Care Utilization and Outcomes Among Medicare Beneficiaries. Health services insights, 16, 11786329231166522. https://doi.org/10.1177/11786329231166522

Jalilianhasanpour, R., Asadollahi, S., & Yousem, D. M. (2021). Creating joy in the workplace. European journal of radiology, 145, 110019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrad.2021.110019

NURS 6201 Assessment 2 LN002 Systems Thinking in Nursing Leadership