Changing minds, changing systems, is hard!

I am frequently asked ‘But how do I get people to change? to listen to me?’ and the answer is ‘slowly and by being persistent’. But of course it is more than that. It takes a plan, a vision, and tools to make changes to complex systems. Infants and families are systems. NICUs are systems, Early intervention services are provided within systems. Clinics are systems.”   Dr. Ross

Change never happens overnight. The first step in change may be “where are we and where do we want to go”. But the very next step is “how do we get there.” As soon as you consider a change in a process, you must begin to think about the system. Systems thinking assesses the parts to the whole, and the way each is related to the other. And feeding and eating are perfect examples of how the parts relate to the whole. Success in eating relies on a successful integration of breathing, sucking, swallowing, digesting, and alerting. At a minimum. Eating relies on an integration of organ systems, motor and behavioral state systems, sensory systems, learning, environment, and development. But there is even more… Infants rely on adults – parents and other family members, nurses, therapists, physicians, dietitians, lactation consultants… all of whom may have differing opinions of what needs to be done. And the infant and family, as well as the professionals, are functioning within a system of care. This environmental system of care is further influenced by professionals looking at the budget, personnel, and equipment necessary to accomplish the tasks. Each and every one of these components influence each other – in one way or another.

“We had no idea how hard this would be. Where do we even start?”

First, teams must decide that they are in the same boat, in the same ocean. The vision of care and the values of the people need to be shared. This is where mission and visions are helpful – not just for the bigger company but for the smaller environment of care. Does your NICU have its own mission? How about your early intervention setting? Have you considered your culture, environment and practice? What about the infrastructure? And how will you know when you arrive? What outcomes can you identify to know you are moving in the right direction as a unit? There are many tools to help with the process of system’s change. And it helps to have a mentor to guide you… which is why we have expanded to offering trainings to systems of care.

 

How do you move a mountain? One rock at a time…

Old Chinese Proverb

System-Wide Training Opportunities

Ever wish you could get everyone you work with on the same page? Document competency in feeding for regulatory agencies? Create a culture change? Our Enterprise Level training is designed for you! The Enterprise Level training is offered for staffs of 25 or more.

 

Did you know that Dr. Ross has worked with infants and young children in hospitals, clinics, and in home-based early intervention? With over 30 years of experience, she has also been a manager of pediatric services in a hospital setting, and has been a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Fellow. These experiences have given her valuable insight into the challenges of making changes in complex systems. Did you know that Dr. Ross’ PhD. is in Health Services Research? She has the knowledge and tools for understanding how to identify key systems-issues, and for developing improvement projects and measuring outcomes of these quality initiatives. Dr. Ross has provided training to support NICU efforts in shifting from task-oriented to individualized feeding practice across the United States as well as internationally. She has also supported large systems-changes in therapy settings. Dr. Ross is frequently asked to work with hospital, clinic, and early intervention systems and consult with nursing and therapy administration and staff who are moving towards a more consistent approach to feeding. As part of these efforts, Dr. Ross has developed additional tools and strategies to integrate SOFFI® within each culture. She was also one of the authors of a White Paper on using system’s thinking and tools to create change towards individualized developmentally supportive care within the area of feeding, eating and nutrition.

We now have an Enterprise license that is designed to provide system-wide training for hospitals and/or organizations, and to incorporate ongoing support for systems change. Enterprise licenses are individualized to the needs of your institution.  Below is a brief description of each level to provide examples of the benefits of an Enterprise license.

Enterprise

  • Access to the SOFFI® Online Certificate Course at a 20% discount for each person enrolled.
  • The flexibility for staff to train at their own pace.
  • The opportunity for administrators to monitor progress and encourage completion.
  • Each module includes a 10-question quiz designed to assure the objectives for each module have been met. Upon completion of all 12 modules, the trainee will be certified as a Certified SOFFI® Professional.
  • Administrators have verification of learning for competencies documented and demonstrated.

Enterprise All Access

  • Virtual mentoring sessions with Dr. Ross for leadership team and participants to help implement change.
  • Access to monthly Research Round-ups (critical reviews of current articles) and advice on reviewing articles.
  • Free educational blogs.
  • Access to the SOFFI® Online Certificate Course at a 15% discount for each person enrolled.  Discounts are based on the number of people enrolled in the training, with deeper discounts for larger groups.
  • The flexibility for staff to train at their own pace.
  • The opportunity for administrators to monitor progress and encourage completion.
  • Each module includes a 10-question quiz designed to assure the objectives for each module have been met. Upon completion of all 12 modules, the trainee will be certified as a Certified SOFFI® Professional.
  • Administrators have verification of learning for competencies documented and demonstrated.

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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

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New Mexico Children’s Hospital

2211 Lomas Blvd NE # 3, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

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Monmouth Medical Center

300 2nd Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740, USA

Interested in more information? Contact us below. The contracts for these levels can be further individualized to meet your needs!

 

After you submit your interest, we will contact you via email to discuss your needs in more detail.