HCA 827 Topic 5 Benchmark – Economic Change and Staff Development

HCA 827 Topic 5 Benchmark – Economic Change and Staff Development

Changing economic conditions are commonplace in the current global marketplace. With these changing economic conditions come changes in the services needed. This leads, in turn, to a need for staff development to adequately provide these new services. This staff development must be fiscally sound in order for the organization to remain viable while preparing staff members to provide these services. In this assignment, you will interview a health care executive to determine how to navigate this uncertain terrain of economics and staff development.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • You will need to set an appointment of approximately 30 minutes with a health care executive. Plan well ahead to ensure that you can secure an appointment and have adequate time to complete the assignment.
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.


Interview a health care executive at any type of health care organization. This should be done in person, by phone, or by video conferencing and not via email exchange. During the interview, ask the executive the following questions:

  • What was the greatest economic challenge you faced in your position over the last 5 years?
  • What changes were necessary as a result of that challenge?
  • What staff development strategies were used to equip staff to adapt to the required changes?
  • How was the staff development funded?
  • How did staff react to the change? What were the positives and negatives seen by the staff?

Write a paper of (1,000-1,250 words) that synthesizes the findings of your interview. Do the following in your paper:

  1. Identify the individual who was interviewed. Provide the individual’s name, company, title, and e-mail address.
  2. Summarize the challenge discussed in the interview.
  3. Summarize the changes that resulted from the challenge.
  4. Summarize the reaction of the staff to the changes.
  5. Provide a research-based evaluation of the changes that were made. Were they necessary and appropriate? Why or why not? Did the changes meaningfully contribute to the organization’s sustainability? Why or why not?
  6. Provide a research-based evaluation of the staff development that was conducted as a result of the changes. What staff development strategies were used? Were these appropriate? Why or why not? Was the staff development appropriately funded? Why or why not? (Benchmarks 12.3: Analyze strategies of fiscally sound staff development.)