What strategies would you recommend your employer implement to improve staff nurse recruitment and retention? Why would these strategies be effective?
hart are easier to interpret and as a communication tool, very adaptable and can be scaled to suit an array or reports (Gardiner,2005) It’s these factors that contribute in the success of a project as communication is necessary for project management to be successful (Clarke, 1999) However, a Gantt chart quickly starts to lose its ease of interpretation and simplicity as more information is added. A Gantt chart also fails to show a coherent understanding of logical relationships in the project (Gardiner, 2005) The difference between success and failure within complex projects can be due to an effective critical path analysis (Kumar, 2005) “Because of its impact on the entire project, critical path analysis is an important aspect of project planning” (Pathak,1990) In 1957, a project management method developed by DuPont was designed to tackle the challenges faced when shutting down a chemical plant for maintenance and resuming once maintenance is complete. Due to the complexity of this, The Critical analysis was created. (Pathak,1990) The advantages of a critical path analysis are, it displays a graphical view of the project, it also shows a prediction of the time required to complete the project and provides a view of the activities which are critical to maintain the schedule, and which aren’t. showing where work can be done in parallel then creates the shortest possible schedule (Lewis, 2001) The activities and events of a project are modelled as a network and activities are depicted as nodes on a network and the arcs or lines between the nodes represent events that symbolise the beginning or ending of an activity. (Pathak,1990) The critical path is the longest-duration path through the network. The significance of the critical path is that the activities that lie on it cannot be delayed without delaying the project. However, a weakness of the CPA is that it is possible other tasks not on the critical path will be important and simple, short tasks end up on the critical path. This could cause questioning of the appropriateness and validity of the schedule and critical path (Lientz and Rea, 2001) To combat this, a new critical path was introduced known as the managerial critical path which doesn’t have to include all tasks on the mathematical critical path. (Lientz and Rea, 2001) Disadvantages It is unlikely whether the project planners can forecast all the different activities that will take place during the project whilst at the beginning of a project (Andersen, 2006). As well as their costs and what the duration will be. (Dvir, et al, 2003) This becomes even more challenging when these activities are dependent on the outcomes of earlier tasks. (Dvir, et al, 2003) When creating a project plan, planners must make important decision early in the project, even though not much is known about the future of the project. Many of these decisions are taken unconsciously and over time optimal solutions will arise. However, the planner chooses early solution rather than the optimal solutions (Andersen, 1996) For reasons such as this, Anderson proposed a replacement of the standard planning approach with milestone planning. (Andersen, 2006) This leads to the second weakness of project planning which is complex plans can become >GET ANSWER