My Leadership SMART Goal:
The purpose of this assignment is to develop a SMART-formatted goal related to your professional leadership applicable to your current practice setting or future leadership aspirations. This goal is about YOUR leadership development, not those of the organization or the department where you work. Many organizations have developed the SMART-goal framework as they strive for performance improvement. Your goal may tie to one of the departmental or organizational SMART goals but the components of the goal are about YOUR leadership development The Institute of Medicine’s quality initiative has identified five core healthcare profession competencies. This assignment focuses on only two of those initiatives. Either Patient-Centered Care or Working in Interdisciplinary and/or Interprofessional Teams will serve as a framework for identification of YOUR leadership SMART goal.
Completion of this assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO 1: Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care, healthcare team management, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. (PO #2)
CO 4: Apply concepts of leadership and team coordination to promote the achievement of safe and quality outcomes of care for diverse populations. (PO #4)
CO 5: Apply improvement methods, based on data from the outcomes of care processes, to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare. (PO #8)
CO 8: Apply concepts of quality and safety using structure, process, and outcome measures to identify clinical questions as the beginning process of changing current practice. (PO #8)
This assignment consists of the completion of the My Leadership SMART Goal paper. Submit assignment to the Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT, by the end of Week 4.
This assignment is worth 200 points.
Review the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) core healthcare competencies. Select ONE of the competencies that you will work on for developing a Leadership SMART Goal. You are to select one of the following competencies for YOUR SMART goal.
Managing Patient-Centered Care or
Working in interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional teams;
- Create ONE leadership goal that is in the SMART goal format. You practiced this in the Week 3 Discussion, and received valuable feedback from your instructor and peers. Please refer to this as you work on the assignment.
S – Specific (Who besides YOU is involved in the goal, what is YOUR goal, where will it take place?)
M – Measurable (How are YOU going to achieve the goal?) Be specific with measureable outcomes.
A – Attainable (What resources and/or experts are available to assist YOU with attaining YOUR goal?)
R – Realistic (Is YOUR goal something that is realistically obtainable in YOUR professional practice?) Be specific.
T – Time bound (What specific dates or weeks will YOU accomplish each task related to your leadership goal?)
- Example NOT in SMART format: I will learn how to be a manager. This goal is lofty, not measurable, and unattainable in the time allotted, probably not realistic, and not time bound.
- Example in SMART Format: I will learn the disciplinary process of an employee who has excessive absences, by locating the organization’s attendance policy and meeting with the unit manager, reviewing peer-reviewed articles and credible websites to obtain information on the disciplinary process by Week 4 (or specified date).
Note: This particular example relates to Core Competency: Managing Patient-Centered Care.
This example is a SMART goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
- Who– Your name, or “I” Indicate others who may be involved.
- What– Learn the disciplinary process of employees who have excessive absences
- Where– Your organization
- How: Through locating the organization’s attendance policy and passing a quiz on the content of the policy.
- Resources and/or Expert: Meeting with the unit manager, reviewing peer-reviewed articles, and credible websites
- Realistically obtainable: Access to the organization, policies, and unit manager. Various resources are available.
- Specific dates: By Week 4 (or specific date)
- Go to the Chamberlain library (http://library.chamberlain.edu) and search the databases (under Menu tab) to locate scholarly articles related to your SMART goal. Also, search for credible websites to gain insight into how to accomplish your goal.
- Construct a plan of action to reach My Leadership SMART goal. Be specific by creating a timeline of when you plan on doing each action; explain how, when, and where you plan to communicate with an expert; and identify specific resources you will use to help you achieve your goal.
- Example Plan of Action for above mentioned example:
- Seek approval to review the organization’s policies and schedule a meeting/interview with the unit manager by _____ (fill in date).
- Review the policies on disciplinary action by _____ (fill in date).
- Review the American Nurses Association website and peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Nursing and Journal of Advanced Nursing by _____ (fill in date).
- Evaluate the findings from the above resources by _____ (fill in date). Pass the quiz.
- Write a scholarly paper that follows APA formatting guidelines. Organize your content logically and express your thoughts clearly. Use appropriate headers to separate sections of your paper. Check for any grammar or spelling errors before submission.
- Submit your completed NR 447 My Leadership SMART Goal paper, which should be approximately six pages (excluding title page and references) to the Week 4 My Leadership SMART Goal Paper Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 4. Note: This assignment is automatically submitted to Turn It In.
Grading Criteria: My Leadership SMART Goal
|Selects ONE of the IOM core competencies indicated to develop a leadership SMART goal||10||5%||Selects the specific IOM core competency upon which SMART goal is based.|
|Develop one specific leadership SMART goal.||70||35%||Develops a professional leadership (SMART) goal, formatted correctly containing Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time bound components.|
|Locate scholarly articles and credible websites relevant to your leadership SMART goal.||40||20%||Locates scholarly articles and credible websites related to SMART goal. Summarizes articles and websites in body of paper.|
|Construct a plan of action for SMART goal.||60||30%||Constructs a plan of action for SMART goal, identifying what is needed to do in order to achieve the goal; creates a timeline, explains how the plan will unfold, and how specific resources (articles and websites) will be utilized in effort to achieve goal. Plan is apparent in body of paper.|
|Clarity of writing||20||10%||Content is organized, logical, and with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure are correct. APA formatting is apparent and CCN template is utilized. References are properly cited within the paper; reference page includes all citations; proper title page and introduction are present and evidence of spell and grammar check is obvious.|
Grading Rubric for My Leadership SMART Goal
|Assignment Criteria||Outstanding or Highest Level of PerformanceA||Very Good or High Level of PerformanceB||Competent or Satisfactory Level of PerformanceC||Poor, Failing, or Unsatisfactory Level of PerformanceF|
|Selects ONE of the IOM core competencies to develop a SMART goal. Basis for selection is obvious.10 points||Selects one IOM core competency upon which SMART goal is based. Basis for selection is provided.9–10 points||Selects an IOM core competency but it is not one of those indicated in the Guidelines. 8 points||Selects a competency but it is not an IOM core competency.7 points||Fails to choose any competency.0–6 points|
|Develops one specific leadershipSMART goal.
|Develops a leadership goal that is formatted correctly containing specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound attributes AND it is related to the selected competency64–70 points||Develops a leadership goal that is formatted correctly except for one component that does not meet the SMART goal criteria, i.e., not specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, or time bound.The goal is related to the selected competency
|Develops a leadership goal that is barely formatted correctly, but two or three components do not meet the criteria for a SMART goal.The goal is NOT related to the selected competency
|Does not follow SMART goal formatting. The goal is not related to the chosen competency. Effort is lacking.0–52 points|
|Locates scholarly articles and credible websites relevant to your SMART goal.40 points||Locates two scholarly articles andtwo credible websites related to the SMART goal. Thoroughly summarizes all of them.37–40 points||Locates one scholarly article and two credible websites. OR, locates one credible website and two scholarly articles.Generally summarizes all of them
|Locates only one scholarly article andonly one credible website.Inaccurately summarized them.
|Does not locate two scholarly sources. Therefore, summary is missing or inaccurate.0–29 points|
|Construct a plan of action for SMART goal.60 points||Constructs a detailed plan of action for achieving the SMART goal. Creates a timeline that explains how the plan will unfold.Fully describes how chosen scholarly resources (articles and websites) provide insight into achieving the goal.
Discusses measurement outcomes in detail.
|Constructs a clear plan of action for achieving the SMART goal.Creates a general timeline.
Describes only some of the chosen scholarly articles and websites to achieve the goal.
Clearly discusses measurement outcomes but some portions are missing.
|Constructs a brief plan of action for achieving the SMART goal. Fails to create a realistic timeline, or fails to explain how the plan will unfold.Does not adequately describe how chosen scholarly articles and websites will help achieve the goal.
Outcomes are vague.
|Fails to complete a realistic plan of action.Fails to include a timeline.
Does not indicate how scholarly articles and websites will achieve the goal.
Outcomes are not apparent.
|Clarity of writing20 points||Content is organized, logical, and with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure are correct. APA formatting is apparent utilizing CCN template. References are properly cited within the paper; reference page includes all citations; proper title page and introduction are present and evidence of spell and grammar check is obvious. Less than three errors noted.18–20 points||Content is mostly organized, logical and with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure are correct. APA formatting is apparent utilizing CCN template. References are properly cited within the paper; reference page includes all citations; proper title page and introduction are present and evidence of spell check and grammar check is obvious. Four to six errors noted.16–17 points||Content is somewhat organized, logical and with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure are correct. APA formatting is somewhat apparent but CCN template was not utilized. References are properly cited within the paper; reference page includes all citations; proper title page and introduction are present and evidence of spell check and grammar check are notobvious. Seven to 10 errors noted.14–15 points||Content is disorganized and writing has numerous grammar, spelling, or syntax errors and APA formatting errors are obvious. Spell check and grammar check are not obvious. More than 11 errors noted.0–13 points|
|Total Points Possible= 200||Points Earned =||A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|