Archive for December 29th, 2019

Examine The Role Of Labor Relations Personnel

Create a job description and a 90-day plan of work for a newly hired labor relations specialist.  This job description should outline the job title, education requirements, direct supervisory, primary responsibilities, and duties.  Then, use this job description to create a 90-day plan of work for a newly hired employee.  Highlight goals a new employee should work on related to the job description. 


Length: Job Description 1-2 pages and Plan of Work 1-2 pages, not including title and reference pages


References: Include a minimum of five scholarly resources.


Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect graduate-level writing and APA standards.

Evaluate Leadership Effectiveness

For this Assignment, choose a leader you are familiar with. This could be a leader in your organization or a leader in an organization in which you are familiar. Then, analyze the leader in regards to the following:

  • Dominant Leadership Style
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Modeling the Way
  • Inspiring a Shared Vision
  • Challenging the Process
  • Enabling others to Act
  • Encouraging the Heart

Evaluate the leader’s strengths and weaknesses in these seven different categories, and then provide specific details and examples for each category. Finally, create an improvement plan for the areas in which this leader has some opportunities for improvement.

Support your analysis with at least seven scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 12-15 pages, not including title and reference pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic.

Discuss the resource-based view of competitive advantage. Why is it important to understand organizational differences to use this approach?

  1. Discuss the resource-based view of competitive advantage. Why is it important to understand organizational differences to use this approach?
  2. Briefly define what is meant by competitive advantage. Are competitive advantage and sustained competitive advantage identical concepts? Compare and contrast the two concepts.

Professional Development

Case Study #12: AIDSCAP Nepal

  • Conduct an internal environmental analysis, identifying the value-creating strengths and weaknesses for each value chain component. Model your response after Exhibit 4-4 (p. 144) “Value Creating Strengths and Value Reducing Weaknesses.”
  • For each strength, assess the competitive relevance, using Exhibit 4-6 (p. 149) as an example.
  • Exhibit 4–4: Value Creating Strengths and Value Reducing Weaknesses for American Healthways, Inc.
  • Value Chain Component
  • Service Delivery, Pre-Service
  • Service Delivery, Point-ofService
  • Service Delivery, AfterService
  • Support Activities, Culture
  • Support Activities, Strategic Resources
  • Value Reducing Weakness
  • • Limited brand identity • Disease management and care enhancement contracts require extensive selling because of lack of knowledge of key benefits • Revenues subject to seasonal pressures from enrollment processes of contracted health plans
  • • Company/employees have less experience in care enhancement programs in expanded product line areas such as end-state renal disease, fibromyalgia, etc. • A majority of company’s revenues accounted for by three health plans
  • • Incomplete or inaccurate data could render independent evaluation of clinical interventions useless
  • • Acquisition of StatusOne Health System with different culture • Company’s reluctance to declare cash dividend may discourage some classes of investors
  • • Hospital contracts decreasing • Cost to maintain IT for compliance with federal and state regulations • High labor costs from competition for staff • Volatility of stock price and trading volume
  • Value Creating Strength
  • • Customer benefit: care enhancement/disease management concept (attractive to health plans, hospitals, physicians, patients) • Customer benefit developed: geographical coverage (attractive to large health plans) • Six care enhancement centers
  • • Successful management of diseases leading to reduced costs and increased customer satisfaction • Company employees highly experienced in implementing care enhancement programs in certain areas, such as diabetes • Integrated care product line attracts broad range of patients • Number of covered lives increasing making economies of scale possible
  • • Alliance with Johns Hopkins Health System to independently evaluate effectiveness of clinical interventions
  • • First disease management and care enhancement provider in nation accredited by all three accrediting agencies • Highly professionalized culture • Experienced management team of individuals with extensive health care experience and longevity with the company • Conservative fiscal management philosophy: retain earnings for future growth and development • Company has state-of-the-art medical information technology • Company has sound financial position: cash, working capital, stockholder equity increasing over past year • Earnings per share of common stock has increased despite 3:2 stock split in 2001 and 2:1 stock split in 2003.

Exhibit 4–6: Strategic Thinking Map of Competitive Advantages Relative to Strengths in General

Is the Value of the Strength High or Low? (High/Low?)









Is the Strength Rare? (Yes/No)









Is the Strength Easy or Difficult to Imitate? (Easy/Difficult)









Can the Strength Be Sustained? (Yes/No)










No competitive advantage. Most competitors have the strength and those that do not can develop it easily. All can sustain it. Maintenance strategy.

No competitive advantage. All competitors have the strength which is easy to develop. Strength is not sustainable so it represents only a short-term advantage.

No competitive advantage. Many competitors possess the strength but it is difficult to develop, so care should be taken to maintain this strength.

No competitive advantage. Many competitors possess the strength but it is difficult to develop, and those who do possess it will not be able to sustain the strength. Only a short-term advantage.

Not a source of long-term competitive advantage. Because it is valuable and rare, competitors will do what is necessary to develop this easy-to-imitate strength. Short-term advantage. Should not base strategy on this type of strength but should obtain benefits of short-term advantage.

Not a source of competitive advantage. The strength is easy to imitate and cannot be sustained. Short-term advantage. Do not base strategy on this type of strength but obtain benefits of short-term advantage.

Source of long-term competitive advantage. If value is very high, it may be worth “betting the organization” on this strength.

Possible source of short-term competitive advantage but not a strength that can be sustained over the long run.

Ginter, P. M., Duncan, W. J., & Swayne, L. E. (2013). Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations (7th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Principles Of Servant Leadership And Your Own Experiences

Using what you have learned about the principles of servant leadership and your own experiences, how could servant leadership be applied in your organization? What would it take to make it more prevalent in your industry? Use examples to support your hypotheses, and strengthen your claims with supporting citations from “Dr. Randy Gibb and Dr. Allison Mason –  Lead by Serving” and other topic study materials. Provide in-text citations and corresponding references.

Casual Argument Essay

The Assignment

You will write a causal argument—a type of essay in which you explain and argue the causes of a situation (an event, a phenomenon, or a trend). The key here is to choose a topic that interests you and work from there. Narrow your topic enough to treat it in some detail, and provide more than a mere list of causes. When seeking causes, you will have to decide carefully how far back to go in your search for remote causes. Moreover, you must be sure to distinguish between the immediate causes and the remote causes of the situation you are analyzing.For this assignment, you have complete control of the topic of your essay. However, please note this is not a PRO or CON essay. As a rule of thumb, issues like abortion, gun control, the death penalty, and global warming are all weak topics biased unless you organize and focus them correctly for this paper.




Success with Genre

Does your essay include the important features of a causal argument discussed in course material? Do you describe the causes or effects of the issue you are investigating? Do you discuss the stakes? Do you provide sufficient evidence to support your claims? Do you provide your readers with any background information they need?



Is your essay logically organized? Do you include an introduction in which you state your main point (your causal claim)? Do you have a strong conclusion? Are your paragraphs focused, and do you use transitions and topic sentences effectively?



 Writing Style and Mechanics:

Is your writing clear and understandable? Is it concise? Is it well-edited and free from mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word usage? 



Final Copy: 1200+ words, double-spaced, 12-point standard font



Final copy should adhere to MLA documentation style



All sources used in your paper should be documented correctly according to your specific documentation style.  In-text parenthetical citations for any material directly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized should correspond to citations on the Works Cited page.  

What is your solution to this problem?

Please discuss for this weeks assignment what your steps would be to address this scenario:

a 78-year-old man on the medical floor continues to take his gown off after you have replaced it at least 7 times. the last time he took his gown off, he ripped out his iv and you had to start a new one.

* What is your solution to this problem?

* using the nursing process, describe how you came to this decision.

* what questions you would need to be answered to make a better decision?


For this assignment, you need to use your textbook as your reference. 

All citations should come from the textbook. It can only be your Fundamentals textbook 9th edition ONLY!(fundamental of nursing 9th edition by Patricia A. Potter)


Below is the rubric I will be using to grade. Please use this as a guide when writing your post.


Point Values

Content; Fully met  8-10 points The post is original and contributes a factual answer, a new idea and an example that adds value to the discussion as well as responding to 2 classmates. 


The entry provides answers to the question but does not provide a new idea.

Entry significantly misses a key question and does not answer the important question.

Fluency; Good grammar, sentence structure, and spelling.


APA/Word Count; Properly cited references and correct in text citations using the minimum amount of resources and 350 words or better.


Participation/Reply; Student answered instructor question and answer shows thoughtful responses linked to the experiences in the field AND connection to course material.

Discuss the organization or brand giving your classmates a view details about why you feel it is a monopoly and determine if the monopoly is a regulated natural monopoly and why?

350 words with sources.
Research an organization or brand that you feel is a monopoly. Discuss the organization or brand giving your classmates a view details about why you feel it is a monopoly and determine if the monopoly is a regulated natural monopoly and why?


Key Roles Of The Emergency Planner

In your paper, discuss the key roles of the emergency planner. Explain how the emergency planner sets the stage for success at each stage of the Preparedness Cycle (Chapter 1, Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 (Links to an external site.)). Clearly differentiate between Strategic, Operational and Tactical Planning and the role of the emergency planner in development of these plans.

The paper must be three to five pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must use at least one scholarly source from the Ashford University Library, in addition to the textbook and CPG 101, to support your claims. Cite your sources in-text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.

Evaluate the current state of the field with regard to treatment matching approaches. Where do we stand after two decades of work in this area?

1. In considering the use of Self-Help and 12-Step group therapy for substance use disorders, discuss the pros and cons of these types of interventions. What factors – of the groups themselves or of the clients – might influence treatment outcomes? Last, what concerns might a clinician have in referring a client to this type of treatment? 

2. Evaluate the current state of the field with regard to treatment matching approaches. Where do we stand after two decades of work in this area? Do our current findings justify continued research in this area?

Locating An Empirical Research Article

Empirical research articles document a study that is either quantitative, qualitative or a mixed methods research design. When authors write an empirical research article they typically follow a format that looks like this: Introduction/Background, Literature Review, Methodology, Findings, and Discussion. The authors recount literature on their specific research topic and describe in a systematic manner how the data was collected and then analyzed in order to answer the research question(s). Once the data is analyzed, they present the findings. Finally, they interpret the findings using past literature to help understand the findings.

What we broadly describe as a “quantitative study” includes numerical summaries that involve descriptive statistics (averages, standard deviations), correlations, and inferential statistics (such as T-tests, Chi Squares and other kinds of analyses). These kinds of studies can include certain elements such as per- and post-tests or survey results looking at correlations between variables.

Qualitative articles, on the other hand, use interviews, focus groups, observations, and written answers to questions. Rather than using statistics to summarize the study, these studies look at themes and present the material using words, phrases and often paragraphs to illustrate what they are representing.

To prepare for this assignment, review Week 1’s readings and resources on how to locate an empirical research article using the library’s databases.

For this Assignment,

  • Locate an empirical research article that is either a quantitative or qualitative study from a peer reviewed social work journal for the final assignment. Download the PDF copy of the article.
    • Do not select an empirical research article that describes a mixed methods study. The reason is a mixed method study involves both a quantitative and qualitative component. You would have to do two reviews – one for the quantitative component and one for the qualitative component — for the final assignment.
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