NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget

NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget
NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget
NURS6216 Assessment2 Instructions
Prepare an 8–10-page operating budget for a hospital unit.
Introduction
Note: Complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.
Sound financial management is essential to the fiscal well-being of all health care organizations, and the nurse leader plays an important part. Consequently, the preparation and effective management of operating budgets is a critical skill for nurse leaders. The budget guides leaders in optimizing the use of resources, and because nurses are closest to patients, they understand very well what it takes to operate on a daily basis and provide safe, high-quality care.
This assessment provides an opportunity for you to develop an operating budget for a health care unit. Keep in mind, staff is a large part of this budget and is often hard to control.
Numbers on a budget sheet or report are only numbers. Nurse leaders are major decision makers who must be informed and able to make data-driven decisions, often in a very limited amount of time. Financial analysis consists of the organization and presentation of data in a meaningful and relevant format that enables analysis, comparison, and synthesis.
Note: Complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.
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NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget Preparation
You are the nurse manager of a 35-bed hospital unit with 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff. You have been given the task of getting the budget under control. Several people have recently left the unit, and you have been working to fill those open positions. Your staff work scheduled overtime and many sign up to work extra shifts. Your unit serves an older population, as well, and has incurred expenses associated with this group of patients.
As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.

What major sections would you include in an operating budget?
What are your primary sources of budget information?
Would you include nice-to-have items in your budget? Why or why not?
What factors, such as organizational objectives, policies, and competition for funding, might affect the development and management of an operating budget?

The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

Requirements
Note: The following requirements correspond to the grading criteria in the assessment scoring guide. Be sure that your budget addresses each point, at a minimum. You may also want to read the Guiding Questions: Preparing and Managing an Operating Budget [DOCX] to better understand how each criterion will be assessed.
Prepare and submit an operating budget for your hospital unit.

Prepare the operating budget.

Note: Assemble your budget figures in a table, using a format of your choice. You may use either Microsoft Word or Excel to create your budget table.

Explain how the budget was designed and created.
Develop a strategic plan.
Develop an approach to ongoing budget management.
Present budget data and information clearly and accurately.
Integrate relevant and credible sources of evidence to support your budget data and information, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.

Additional Requirements
If you use Microsoft Excel to create your budget table, submit the Excel file along with your budget narrative. You may also add the Excel file to your Word document as an embedded object.
Format your budget narrative using APA style.

Use the APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX], linked above, to help you in writing and formatting your document. Be sure to include:

An APA-formatted title page and reference page. An abstract is not required.
A minimum of five properly formatted citations and references.

Your budget should be 8-10 pages in length, not including the title page and reference page.

Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save this learning activity to your ePortfolio.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Design an operating budget that incorporates variances or discretionary spending.

Prepare an operating budget.
Explain how a budget is designed and created.

Competency 2: Develop a plan for managing the labor force, within the parameters of the budget and productivity.

Develop an approach to ongoing budget management.

Competency 5: Apply financial principles to a strategic plan for achieving organizational goals and fiscal success.

Develop a strategic plan.

Competency 6: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style, consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.

Present budget data and information clearly and accurately.
Integrate relevant and credible sources of evidence to support budget data and information, correctly formatting citations and references using APA style.

Guiding Questions
Preparing and Managing an Operating Budget
This document is designed to give you questions to consider and additional guidance to help you successfully complete the Preparing and Managing an Operating Budget assessment. You may find it useful to use this document as a pre-writing exercise, an outlining tool, or as a final check to ensure that you have sufficiently addressed all the grading criteria for this assessment. This document is a resource to help you complete the assessment. Do not turn in this document as your assessment submission.
Preparing the Budget
Prepare and submit an operating budget for your hospital unit.
Prepare the operating budget.

Have you clearly identified the major sections of the budget?
Does your budget cover a one-year time period?
Does your budget adhere to standard formatting conventions used in health care settings?

Explain how the budget was designed and created.

What assumptions, if any, underlie your budget?
What was your process for determining line items and cost center codes?
Did you allocate funding for labor and equipment costs?
Have you determined staffing requirements and calculated workload?
What are your equipment needs and associated, ongoing expenses?
What are your primary sources of budget information?
How up-to-date and reliable is the data?

Develop a strategic plan.

Examine the mission of your organization or unit.

Is your budget in line with the mission?

How are executive leaders likely to react to your budget?
Does your budget include nice-to-have items?

Present a plan for ongoing budget management.

Consider the various factors affecting your budget, such as organizational objectives, policies, and competition for funding.
Explain how you will:

Limit staff overtime.
Manage non-productive time and expenses, such as education or paid time off to obtain certifications.
Manage ongoing expenses related to supplies and equipment. NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget

Present budget data and information clearly and accurately.

Express your main points succinctly, using correct grammar and mechanics.
Proofread your budget to eliminate errors in your data and information.

Integrate relevant and credible sources of evidence to support your budget data and information, correctly formatting citations and references using APA style.

Is your supporting evidence clear and explicit?
Integrate relevant evidence from at least five scholarly or professional sources.

NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget Submission Reminders

Have you clearly outlined the major components of your budget in an easy-to-read format?
Have you adequately described your budgeting process?
Do you have a strategic plan that supports the organization’s or unit’s mission?
Have you explained how you will approach ongoing budget management?
Have you presented your budget data and information clearly and accurately?
Are your claims and conclusions well supported by at least five sources of credible evidence?

Preparing and Managing an Operating Budget Scoring Guide

CRITERIA
NON-PERFORMANCE
BASIC
PROFICIENT
DISTINGUISHED

Prepare an operating budget.
Does not outline an operating budget.
Attempts to prepare an operating budget, but fails to clearly identify the major sections of the budget, or budget does not cover a one-year time period or does not adhere to standard formatting conventions.
Prepares an operating budget. NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget
Prepares an operating budget, and identifies knowledge gaps, unknowns, missing information, unanswered questions, or areas of uncertainty where further information could improve the budget.

Explain how a budget is designed and created.
Does not explain how a budget is designed and created.
Attempts to explain how a budget is designed and created, but fails to identify assumptions, labor costs, equipment costs or ongoing expenses, staffing requirements, information sources, or workload calculations.
Explains how a budget is designed and created.
Explains how a budget is designed and created, and impartially acknowledges conflicting data or information that was not incorporated in the budget.

Develop a strategic plan.
Does not develop a strategic plan.
Attempts to develop a strategic plan, but fails to consider the organizational or unit mission, or fails to consider the executive perspective.
Develops a strategic plan.
Develops a strategic plan, and proposes criteria for future evaluation of whether the outcomes of the proposed plan support the organizational or unit mission.

Develop an approach to ongoing budget management. NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget
Does not develop an approach to ongoing budget management.
Attempts to develop an approach to ongoing budget management, but fails to consider organizational objectives, policies, or competition for limited resources; how to limit staff overtime; how to manage nonproductive time and expenses; or how to manage ongoing expenses related to supplies and equipment.
Develops an approach to ongoing budget management.
Develops an approach to ongoing budget management, and identifies assumptions on which the approach is based.

Present budget data and information clearly and accurately.
Does not present budget data and information clearly and accurately.
The budget data and information presented is not consistently clear or includes errors.
Presents budget data and information clearly and accurately.
Presents budget data and information clearly and accurately. Expresses main points succinctly, using correct grammar and mechanics.

Integrate relevant and credible sources of evidence to support budget data and information, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.
Does not integrate relevant and credible sources of evidence to support budget data and information, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.
Sources lack relevance or credibility, are poorly integrated, or are incorrectly formatted. NURS-FPX6216 Assessment 2 Preparing Operating Budget
Integrates relevant and credible sources of evidence to support budget data and information, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.
Integrates relevant, credible, and convincing sources of evidence to support budget data and information. Sources are current, and citations and references are error-free.

 
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