Change Management in Healthcare
What you'll learn
- Introduction to change management models and theories
- Basic overview of the project lifecycle
- Common barriers to change throughout the healthcare project lifecycle
- Practical application of change management tools to overcome barriers to healthcare projects
- Passion for leading successful change initiatives at healthcare organizations!
This course is designed for healthcare project managers (PMs) or clinical project leads with limited formal background in change management fundamentals. Throughout the course modules, you will receive an introduction to how people navigate change and an introduction to the change management process by reviewing some popular theories and models of change. We will also cover an overview of the life cycle of a project. Finally we’ll combine both change management principles and the project life cycle by reviewing some common barriers to change in healthcare projects throughout each stage of the project life cycle and allow time to apply the change management principles you just learned to each.
As a physical therapist, I was tasked with managing projects that required behavioral change, but I had no formal knowledge of change management theories, models, or tools to help manage that process. If a goal of our projects is to improve adoption of a new organization initiative, especially ones that involve workflow changes or practice changes, change management is an integral piece to ensuring that our projects are a success!
The goal of this course is to provide you with lessons learned, 'what I wish I had knowns', and basic tools to set you up for successfully implementing change at your organizations!
Let the journey begin!
(Note for the year 2022: This course is approved for 1 continuing education unit (CEU) by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in the United States. Please message me for details on obtaining the appropriate course certificate if this applies to you. Thank you!)
Who this course is for:
- Clinicians/Clinical managers challenged by managing change in their healthcare organizations
- Clinicians/Clinical managers tasked with managing projects without a formal background in project/change management
- Project managers
After 13 years of working as a physical therapist in various settings and organizations, I realized there was often a disconnect between leadership's visions and what was actually being implemented in the field. This disconnect led to frustrations on all ends.
Instead of giving up, I was inspired to find an answer.
From my perspective, the missing link was formal project management. I started studying the topic, received my certification, and after 15 years as a practicing clinician, transitioned into healthcare project management.
Leaving the field wasn't easy for me, but the gift of making the lives of my fellow clinicians easier has made it all worth it!