The Unit Practice Council (UPC) Functionality Tool: An Instrument for Measuring UPC Functionality at the Point of Care

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183141
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Unit Practice Council (UPC) Functionality Tool: An Instrument for Measuring UPC Functionality at the Point of Care
Author(s):
Fray, Beverly
Author Details:
Beverly Fray, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, Jackson Health System, Miami, FL, email: BFray2@jhsmiami.org
Abstract:
Purpose: Having over 90 UPCs in any organization is a challenge. It is even more challenging to assess the level of functioning of each UPC. (A UPC is the unit-based aspect of shared governance. Its members comprise staff nurses, unit secretaries, LPNs and unlicensed personnel). At a large urban academic medical setting, the shared governance implementation was underwritten by a grant. Consequently, it was necessary to demonstrate and document the functionality level of each UPC in the system. The grant requested an objective way of measuring each UPC. A search of the existing literature did not reveal a specific tool for measuring UPC functionality. Method: The UPC Coordinator had already observed and documented 21 common characteristics of the successful UPCs in the system. Consequently, a self-administered survey encompassing all the 21 elements was created and sent as a link in an e-mail from Survey Monkey. The more yes answers, the higher the functionality rating. The rating process was three-tiered. First the UPCs rated themselves according to the 21 elements. Second, UPC Coordinator with the Center for Nursing Excellence rated the UPCs and achieved a 78% concurrence rate. Third, the UPCs which did not respond to the survey were rated by the Center for Nursing Excellence and the UPC Coordinator. Findings: UPC rating yielded the following results: 38% (n=38) were rated as high functioning; 22% (n=21) were rated as middle functioning and 40% (n=35) were rated as low functioning. Discussion: Knowing objectively how many UPCs fell into each category was useful. Nurse managers/managers who had doubts about prior UPC Coordinator assessments of their UPCs were more apt to believe the results yielded by the tool. The tool satisfied requirement the expectation of the grant and the Center for Nursing Excellence was able to plan intervention activities based on the results. The UPC Coordinator will repeat the functionality survey at least two times yearly using the same method. Publication and sharing methods are a part of future plans to add to the body of literature.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference
Conference Host:
University of South Florida College of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
Conference Location:
Naples, Florida, USA
Description:
7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference - Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 11-13 February 2010 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, USA.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Unit Practice Council (UPC) Functionality Tool: An Instrument for Measuring UPC Functionality at the Point of Careen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFray, Beverlyen_US
dc.author.detailsBeverly Fray, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, Jackson Health System, Miami, FL, email: BFray2@jhsmiami.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183141-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Having over 90 UPCs in any organization is a challenge. It is even more challenging to assess the level of functioning of each UPC. (A UPC is the unit-based aspect of shared governance. Its members comprise staff nurses, unit secretaries, LPNs and unlicensed personnel). At a large urban academic medical setting, the shared governance implementation was underwritten by a grant. Consequently, it was necessary to demonstrate and document the functionality level of each UPC in the system. The grant requested an objective way of measuring each UPC. A search of the existing literature did not reveal a specific tool for measuring UPC functionality. Method: The UPC Coordinator had already observed and documented 21 common characteristics of the successful UPCs in the system. Consequently, a self-administered survey encompassing all the 21 elements was created and sent as a link in an e-mail from Survey Monkey. The more yes answers, the higher the functionality rating. The rating process was three-tiered. First the UPCs rated themselves according to the 21 elements. Second, UPC Coordinator with the Center for Nursing Excellence rated the UPCs and achieved a 78% concurrence rate. Third, the UPCs which did not respond to the survey were rated by the Center for Nursing Excellence and the UPC Coordinator. Findings: UPC rating yielded the following results: 38% (n=38) were rated as high functioning; 22% (n=21) were rated as middle functioning and 40% (n=35) were rated as low functioning. Discussion: Knowing objectively how many UPCs fell into each category was useful. Nurse managers/managers who had doubts about prior UPC Coordinator assessments of their UPCs were more apt to believe the results yielded by the tool. The tool satisfied requirement the expectation of the grant and the Center for Nursing Excellence was able to plan intervention activities based on the results. The UPC Coordinator will repeat the functionality survey at least two times yearly using the same method. Publication and sharing methods are a part of future plans to add to the body of literature.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T16:16:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T16:16:18Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.name7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostUniversity of South Florida College of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_US
dc.conference.hostFlorida Organization of Nurse Executivesen_US
dc.conference.locationNaples, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference - Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 11-13 February 2010 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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