Organizational Foundation

Organizational Foundations

As you strive to grow in your leadership skills and abilities, you will find that the context in which you

work influences your motivation and areas of focus. In a similar vein, your commitment to developing

professionally can contribute toward organizational effectiveness.

To that end, it is critical to recognize the importance of organizational culture and climate. In

particular, through this week’s Learning Resources, you may consider several questions: How do an

organization’s mission, vision, and values relate to its culture? What is the difference between culture

and climate? Moreover, how are culture and climate manifested within the organization?

For this Discussion, you explore the culture and climate of your current organization or one with

which you are familiar. You also consider decisions and day­to­day practices and the way they relate

to the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

To prepare:

• Review the information related to planning and decision making in health care organizations

presented in the textbook, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing: Theory and

Application. Consider how planning and decision making relate to an organization’s mission, vision,

and values, as well as its culture and its climate.

• Familiarize yourself with the mission, vision, and values of your organization or one with which you

are familiar. Consider how the statements and actions of leaders and others within the organization

support or demonstrate the organizational mission, vision, and values. In addition, note any apparent

discrepancies between word and deed. Think about how this translates into expectations for direct

service providers. Note any data or artifacts that seem to indicate whether behaviors within the

organization are congruent with its mission, vision, and values.

• Begin to examine and reflect on the culture and climate of the organization. How do culture and

climate differ?

• Why is it important for you, as a master’s­prepared nurse leader, to be cognizant of these matters?

Post a description of your selected organization’s mission, vision, and values. Describe relevant data,

or artifacts, words, and actions of leaders and others in the organization that support, or perhaps

appear to contradict the organization’s mission, vision, and values statement. In addition, discuss the

organization’s culture and its climate, differentiating between the two. Explain why examining these

matters is significant to your role as a nurse leader.


Required Readings

Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2015). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Chapter 1, “Decision Making, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking: Requisites for Successful Leadership and Management, and Clinical Reasoning”  


Chapter 1 provides information relevant to this week’s Discussion and serves as a foundation for topics explored in future weeks of the course. The authors note that decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, and critical reasoning are integral to both leadership and management and beneficial as one examines leadership and management issues. As you read this chapter, focus primarily on the “Decision Making in Organizations” section.


Chapter 7, “Strategic and Operational Planning” 


This chapter introduces planning and highlights some of the trends that are likely to impact health care organizations now and in the future. It also addresses vision and mission statements, which are essential for guiding planning and decision making in health care settings.


Chapter 12, “Organizational Structure”


“Organizational Culture” (pp. 260–286)


This section of the chapter addresses organizational culture.







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