Assignment 1: Organizational Culture Assessment Tool
Your organization is ready to implement a quality improvement initiative; however, it is becoming increasingly clear that perhaps not everyone is on board with the proposal.
What could be contributing to this potential resistance? How might organizational culture impact or influence the ability to engage in quality improvement initiatives?
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Organizational culture is the shared way of thinking or feeling in a given organization. This culture creates the dynamic for a willingness to change and/or improve. For example, if an organizational culture is one in which change is welcomed to improve and all voices are encouraged to be shared, the implementation of a quality improvement initiative will likely be accepted and supported. However, if an organizational culture is one in which the acknowledgement of mistakes are penalized and only leadership voices are respected, the implementation of a quality improvement initiative may be met with hesitation and skepticism.
For this Assignment, you will consider the impact of cultural and organizational readiness as it relates to the implementation of quality improvement initiatives. You will consider the leadership strategies needed to support these measures and complete an Organizational Culture Assessment Tool.
To Prepare:
• Review the Learning Resources regarding the implementation of quality improvement initiatives.
• Consider what stakeholders must be present to implement these initiatives, and reflect on the leadership strategies needed for success in promoting quality improvement initiatives in healthcare organizations and nursing practice.
• Select a healthcare organization or nursing practice (with which you are familiar) to complete the Organizational Culture Assessment Tool.
The Assignment: (3 pages)
Complete the Organizational Culture Assessment Tool for the healthcare organization or nursing practice you selected. Then, address the following:
• What is the state of cultural/organizational readiness for quality improvement?
• Is the organizational culture present for quality improvement?
• What leadership strategies are present in the organization to support quality improvement, positive patient experiences, and healthcare quality?
Reminder: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Sample Paper provided at the Walden Writing Center provides an example of those required elements (available at All papers submitted must use this formatting.
By Day 7
Submit your completed Organizational Culture Assessment Tool and the responses to the prompts for this Assignment by Day 7 of Week 6.
Learning Resources
Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. (n. d.) Step by step guide to implement quality improvement.
Knox, L., & Brach, C. (2013). Module 14. Creating quality improvement teams and QI plans. In, Practice facilitation handbook. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. (2011). Developing and implementing a QI plan.
Walden University, LLC. (2021). DNP Project Faculty advisor and site identification—matching request form.
Document: Organizational Culture Assessment Tool (Word document)
Document: Organization Meeting Summary (Word document)


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