The Veterans Health Administration Research Paper by Nursing

The Veterans Health Administration
An overview of the organization and leadership of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
# 100054 | 1,487 words | 13 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2007 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Business (Management) , Medical and Health (General)

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), manages the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States (U.S.). In 2006, 5.5 million qualified veterans received care from at least one of the 1,400 VHA operated sites within the United States (Department Of Veteran Affairs, 2007). This paper describes the organizational structure, design, function and processes of the VHA. The paper also reviews the VHA's culture, communication style and barriers, decision making processes, including the values and ethics, and leadership styles. Additionally, a current environmental change affecting the VHA is presented with corresponding leadership behaviors.

Organizational Design
Organizational Structure and Process
Organizational Culture
Leadership Styles
Organizational Communication
Communication Barrier
Organizational Decision Making
Environmental Changes
Problems with Environmental Changes

From the Paper:

"The VHA contains 23 separate Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN), which are comprised of over 1,400 healthcare facilities. Each VISN is composed of many different facilities ranging from Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) to full service medical centers (Department Of Veteran Affairs, 2007). The VHA's organizational process is a vertical hierarchy that is departmentalized in structure. Organizational directives descend through the vertical hierarchy from the VA to the department level within each VHA facility. Relevant information and results are sent backup through the hierarchy to help guild upper management on future directives."

Sample of Sources Used:

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