Fielding Graduate University News

Fourth Fielding Monograph Published: Leadership Studies in Healthcare

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, May 14, 2015

New research on leadership in healthcare is the focus of the latest edition of the ongoing monograph research series. 

Fielding monograph number 4 resized 600Titled “Leadership Studies in Healthcare,” this monograph is edited by Fielding Professor Marie Farrell, EdD, former visiting Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, who also served as program manager for nursing, midwifery, and social work for the World Health Organization (WHO).

This publication includes seven recent researches from outstanding Fielding’s School of Human Organizational Development (HOD) graduates. Paula Rowland, PhD, addresses hospital safety, a perennial concern, in her analysis of patient safety discourses in a Canadian hospital. Cheryl Nance, PhD, examines the impact of a year-long intervention program among hospital leadership, using Action Learning. Ellen Raboin, PhD, investigates phenomena of collaborative practice within a hospital’s healthcare team. Beth Houskamp examines certain transformational leadership practices of Clinical Nurse Leaders, based on her research in five inpatient units. 

Additionally, Maureen Gormley, PhD, chief operating officer of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, addresses the ways in which attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability (ID) were changed through an innovative program, Project Search. Cheryl Mitchell, PhD, studies the dynamics of blame in the highly charged environment of the healthcare workplace—a subject about which a clear lacuna exists in the literature. Stephen Redmon, PhD, concludes this monograph with an incisive inquiry into the experiences and effects on service-disabled veterans and their family members.

This Fielding monograph is now available worldwide on all of Amazon’s distribution channels here. An electronic version of the book, to be distributed by Apple iBooks, is in preparation. 

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Introduction to Leadership Studies in Healthcare:

Effective leadership is a vital component of any organization, and nowhere more so than in the healthcare sector. Increasingly, researchers and practitioners have begun to treat healthcare
organizations as uniquely complex systems, made up of diverse human constituencies and resources that rely on innovative leadership to not only function properly but also produce the best possible clinical care for patients and their families. This monograph explores some of the challenges of healthcare leadership in a time of ongoing reorganization and consolidation in the healthcare industry and the transformative changes in the wake of government-mandated health insurance.

Dr. Paula Rowland addresses hospital safety, a perennial concern, in her analysis of patient safety discourses in a Canadian hospital. She argues that, whereas traditionally patient safety has been seen at the intersection between complicated systems and fallible human agents, it might be reframed as a multi-dimensional issue drawing from sociological and organizational studies.

Dr. Cheryl Nance presents an approach to changing an organized delivery system’s culture. She examines the impact of a year-long intervention program among hospital leadership, using Action Learning, to manage the cultural transformation involved with opening of a new facility while remaining financially viable. Her research identifies significant differences among leaders across all departments in current and preferred culture types, and relates them to the factors deemed essential to the success of the system’s change.

Dr. Ellen Raboin’s research focuses on the phenomena of collaborative practice within a hospital’s healthcare team. She examines the factors considered as legitimate and important enablers of a successful working relationship within an interprofessional team, and shows the ways in which the team’s collaborative practices change over time in light of the presence of the patient and his or her family. Dr. Raboin uses methods from a communications perspective as well as from relational social constructionism.

Beth Houskamp turns our attention to the transformational leadership practices of Clinical Nurse Leaders, based on her research in five inpatient units. Her research indicates that, as a group, licensed personnel and those with advanced educational preparation perceived the transformational leadership practices of Clinical Nurse Leaders to be higher than did a group of unlicensed personnel and those with less education.

Dr. Maureen Gormley, the Chief Operating Officer of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, addresses the ways in which attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability (ID) were changed through an innovative program, Project Search, and how workplace stigma was experienced from the perspective of co-workers. Her findings suggest that participants who initially held negative perceptions related to the youths’ anticipated capabilities and behaviors overcame those perceptions by identifying the positive contributions that youth with ID made to the workplace.

Dr. Cheryl Mitchell studied the dynamics of blame in a highly charged environment of the healthcare workplace—a subject about which a clear lacuna exists in the literature. Her study of 17 senior healthcare leaders exposes the often corrosive effects of the “blame game” when “things go bad,” and how a positive, reinforcing, feedback loop can help counteract the damage of trying to allocate blame.

Dr. Stephen Redmon concludes this monograph with an incisive inquiry into the experiences and effects on service-disabled veterans and their family members of a unique Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans Family Program (EBV-F). This program was designed to support veterans experiencing discontinuous life transitions while strengthening their entrepreneurial skills. The data suggested that participants experienced the program as being truly transformative, by strengthening their self-perceptions and their situations, and by engaging them in new roles and relationships.

We would like to thank each of the authors for their important contributions to this monograph, while also expressing great appreciation to the members of our editorial board, who thoughtfully joined us in the peer review of this edition, including Drs. David Willis, Miguel Guilarte, Barbara Mink, and Stephen Murphy- Shigematsu. Great appreciation also goes to our wonderfully diligent editorial coordinator, Gwen DuBois-Wing, and our copy editor, Margaret Bonanno.
Our hope is that this edition of the Fielding monograph series will support a growing recognition of the preeminent role of leadership in healthcare systems, not only in American and international academia, but also as an extension of our pursuit of human wellbeing and the key role that the public and private sectors play therein.

MARIE FARRELL, HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP EDITOR
JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS, MONOGRAPH SERIES EDITOR

 

 

 

 

Tags: psychology, Transformational learning, fielding faculty, higher education, fielding graduate university, healthcare, graduate education, military psychology, veterans

Alumna promotes importance of long-term care insurance for seniors

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Marion Somers, PhD (HOD ’88), aka Dr. Marion, is the spokesperson for the “3 in 4 Need More” campaign, which spreads the message that health insurance isn’t enough. About three in four of us will need some form of long-term care insurance or planning to cover longer-lasting illnesses and disabilities not covered by regular insurance or Medicare. 

 Dr. Marion travels in her souped-up, 50s-era Greyhound bus. “Long-term care needs can sneak up on us as quickly as the senior tsunami that is heading our way, which is why it’s so important for Americans to plan ahead.”

1 DrMarion BusTo help Americans plan ahead, Dr. Marion's bus will crisscross the country this summer to talk with seniors and caregivers. Her advice: it's never too soon to start planning for long-term care needs and costs. As part of the campaign, Dr. Marion, 3in4 Need More, and Emeritus are launching a nationwide "Bring Your Talent" contest. The search is for seniors or their caregivers in the U.S. who want to showcase their talent – from singing and dancing to juggling, acrobatics, and more! “Bring Your Talent” will help families alleviate the costs of long-term care by offering free stays at any Emeritus Senior Living Community, with a grand prize of free rent for one year.

You are invited to follow the tour on http://drmarion.com/ and http://www.3in4needmore.com/

 

Tags: gerontology, adult learning, healthcare, aging

Starbright World awards research grant to psychology faculty member

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Joe Bush 0008Joseph P. Bush, PhD, a faculty member and associate dean with Fielding’s School of Psychology, has received an award from the Starlight Children’s Foundation to conduct a research project  titled “Starbright World: Effectiveness and Child Protection Policies and Procedures.”

 

The research will evaluate the effectiveness of Starbright World (SBW), an online environment designed and operated for the benefit of children diagnosed with serious chronic illnesses. The evaluation will examine the effects of SBW involvement on children’s psychosocial functioning. Children with the chronic illness cystic fibrosis will be the focus of the study.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Bush for receiving this distinguished award for your significant research contributing to improving quality of life for children with serious chronic illnesses.

 

Tags: psychology, clinical psychology, healthcare, pediatric psychology, research funding

Fielding's Gil Reyes Honored by Psychology Association

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Jan 30, 2012

describe the imageOn January 27, Gil Reyes, PhD, was honored by the Santa Barbara (CA) Clinical Psychology Association. An associate dean in Fielding’s School of Psychology, Reyes was given the association’s Legacy Award for his many contributions to the organization and to the field of professional psychology. Reyes is a well-known expert on aspects of disasters and mental health services. He works directly with disaster victims, trains other professionals to do so, and publishes extensively. Congratulations, Gil.

Tags: mental health services APA, disaster mental health, clinical psychology, healthcare, graduate education

Bateson Receives Fielding Award in Social Change & Positive Aging

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Dec 01, 2011

 

Bateson resized 600Writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson is slated to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Change and Positive Aging from Fielding Graduate University. The award will be presented during the Fifth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging. Co-sponsored by Fielding, the conference is being held December 6-9, 2011, at the California Endowment Center, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles. Bateson will deliver the keynote address, a dialogue about her latest book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom. The conference schedule is available at www.positiveaging.fielding.edu

Bateson has taught at Harvard, Northeastern, and George Mason Universities, and since 2006 has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. She travels extensively to lecture on her model of Active Wisdom, which covers community dialogue, the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults, and the consciousness of the life cycle through which she explores intergenerational communication and ways of experiencing time. In her memoir With a Daughter’s Eye, Bateson discusses life with famous parents, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.

The conference theme, “Innovation in Positive Aging,” invites an exploration of the ways in which people are creating new and more effective answers to the question What does it mean to age well? During dynamic, interactive sessions, presenters and participants will consider issues of community, wellness, creativity, and life transitions as they relate to the aging population – both those in the midst of the experience and professionals working in the field.

Tags: creativity, social justice, Transformational learning, conference, leadership, development, adult learning, healthcare, graduate education, aging

New Leadership Certificates in Sustainability and in Healthcare

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Apr 20, 2011

(April 20, 2011 - Santa Barbara, CA) Fielding Graduate University’s School of Human & Organizational Development announces the addition of two certificate programs to its popular leadership development series. A certificate program is being offered in Healthcare Leadership, and another is in Sustainability Leadership.

Both were developed in response to demand from practitioners and executives who want to remain competitive and effective in the increasingly complex environments in which they work. The online component of the programs accommodates busy students who need flexible time and place requirements for study. The academic credit earned in completing these certificate programs can articulate to several graduate degree programs at Fielding.

Students in Fielding's Healthcare Leadership Graduate Certificate Program learn to:

  • Apply OD and systems concepts to the analysis of healthcare leadership
  • Understand finance and budgeting as key components of the administrative process
  • Understand the role of the legal system in health policy, delivery, and application of socially just and equitable health
  • Develop leadership skills critical to the healthcare industry

Students in the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program will:

Gain an understanding of sustainability through an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates ecological, economic, cultural, and organizational theory and research

  • Explore the forces that shaped modern conceptions of sustainability
  • Understand a global perspective on the nexus between human activity and the environment
  • Develop leadership skills that address sustainability issues and challenges

Program requirements and application information are available at:

www.fielding.edu/programs/hod/Sustainability

 Or, for more information about the certificate programs, email Geren Piltz, Admission Advisor, at gpiltz@fielding.edu or call 805.898-4001 or toll-free 800.340.1099.

 

Tags: sustainability, leadership, adult learning, healthcare