Organizational Foundations


The mission of the organization is provision of health care that puts patients first, educates the patients and focuses on research. The vision is having a trusted leadership that will be able to provide the patient care as well as advance the health. The values include integrity through high ethical standards, teamwork despite cultural diversity, respect for each other, good service through the physicians as well as putting the patients first (MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 2018). 

The leaders support the mission, vision and values of the organization through their experience in leadership, patient care and safety. This is a non-profit organization with a 912-bed which means that it is able to provide care to all these patients at once. This is in line with its mission of patient first. The provision of the best patient care is catered for by the multiple departments. 

The organization culture is about the beliefs and values that are important to this organization such as non-discrimination, upholding of ethics and team work. This culture is upheld in polices and laws of this organization (Ehrhart, Schneider & Macey, 2013). The climate is about how the staff implements these beliefs and values such as through motivation, team building, their job performance and satisfaction in the workplace and in the leadership of this organization, MedStar Washington Hospital Center. 

As a nurse leader, one is not only part of the hospital staff but its leadership as well. This therefore means being on the forefront to promote the mission, vision, values and culture of the organization to all the stakeholders. A nurse leader is also looked upon to ensure that they exhibit personal behavior and talk that will promote the organization climate for the better for all that are involved (Schneider & Barbera, 2014). 

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  1. Ehrhart, M., Schneider, B. & Macey, W. (2013). Organizational Climate and Culture: An Introduction to Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: Routledge. 
  2. MedStar Washington Hospital Center. (2018). Mission, Vision, and Values. 
  3. Schneider, B. & Barbera, K. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture. New York: Oxford University Press. 
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