Discuss worldview analysis and personal inventory.

What Is a Worldview?

The following definitions are helpful:

            “A set of assumptions or beliefs about reality that affect how we think and how we live” (Cosgrove, 2006, p. 19).

            “The comprehensive perspective from which we interpret all of reality” (Keller, 2012, p. 157).

Worldview is often described as a set of lenses through which we view the world. As a  descriptive  lens, our worldview influences our perception of the world. What is true? What is reality? As a  prescriptive  lens, our worldview influences our evaluation of what is true. What does it mean? How should we live?

One may readily see that if one views the nature of the universe as consisting of only physical matter and energy, then that person’s understanding of the meaning of life and how we should live will likely be far different from one whose perception of the universe includes a spiritual realm where life continues after death and goodness is rewarded.

While it is true that all people have their own private worldviews with values and beliefs that have been shaped by culture, education, experiences, and relationships, it is also valuable to speak of shared worldviews, those foundational assumptions or beliefs that many people hold in common. For the sake of this course, the course content will be reduced from the many-shared worldviews to three basic worldview families.

What Are the Three Basic Worldview Families?

Though there are many different worldviews, for the purpose of this course they have been simplified into three basic worldview families. There are many variations within these families.

Atheism

Atheism is the worldview of those who believe only in what their senses can detect–only what may be analyzed and understood in a scientific laboratory. This view believes in no God or spiritual realm. The cosmos consists of only the natural or physical realm of matter and energy. Other names often associated with this worldview family are naturalism and secular humanism. Most whose worldview values and behavior are aligned with atheism prefer to be considered agnostics. These are uncertain of the existence of God, skeptical for the most part, yet open to the possibility.

Pantheism

Pantheism is the worldview of spiritualism, the belief that “all is God” as the word implies. Pantheists believe in a spiritual realm, but no relational God who has revealed himself to humanity and is actively involved in the lives of those who believe in him. This worldview family consists of the Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the more eclectic Western belief known as New Age. Pantheists typically embrace an impersonal oneness of which all humans may become a part, becoming godlike themselves as they reach higher levels of spirituality.

Theism

Theism, or monotheism, is the worldview of the three major religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Though these three have huge differences rendering them incompatible with each other, they do nonetheless have some similarities. Theists all believe in a single, personal, and relational God who is the creator and sustainer of all that exists. They all likewise believe in absolute truth and morality, and an afterlife. The focus of this course is Christianity, so the course will be comparing these three worldviews: atheism, pantheism, and Christianity.

Another common worldview name, deism, is somewhat of an enigma–having a basic belief in God, but a God who is not relational or involved in human life. So although falling under the broad category of theism, deists may effectively live as atheists. Many people have complex worldviews that are a mix of various beliefs from the major worldview families.

How Do We Determine Our Worldview?

There are six components that help to determine worldview. The following questions correspond to each component. Answering each of the following questions for yourself will help you begin thinking about your own worldview:

1. What Is Ultimate Reality?

Does reality consist basically of physical matter and energy, as the atheists believe? Is reality an impersonal spiritual entity that dominates the universe and to which all humans must endeavor to attain unity with, as the pantheists assert, or is there a personal and relational, all-powerful, and sovereign God who exists everywhere, but is separate from the physical world he created, as believed by Christians and other theists?

2. What Is the Nature of the Universe?

This is similar to the question above but focuses strictly on what one believes about the natural world. Is the universe strictly physical and yet eternal in one form or another? Is it merely an illusion intended as a battleground for us to work toward enlightenment, or was the universe created by God and far more complex than can be detected by scientists, consisting of both a physical and a spiritual realm?

3. What Is a Human Being?

Is a human basically a biological machine, just a higher level of animal? Is a human a type of god with powers to reach perfection, or is a human an off-the-charts creature designed in the image of God with an eternal spirit like his and similar abilities to reason, seek moral purity, communicate on a high level, create for beauty, and love even those who cannot love in return? Is death the end of existence, or is there a soul that lives on? Does that soul return in another life, or does it return to God and await judgment?

4. What Is Knowledge?

Is there such a thing as absolute truth, or is truth relative? Is true knowledge only that which may be acquired and understood through scientific means, or is there also knowledge that only may be acquired by revelation from God? Should you only trust your senses, or should you explore the spiritual realm and seek knowledge from God?

5. What Is Your Basis of Ethics?

How do you know right from wrong? Is morality learned, or is it designed into our conscience? Is there a set of absolute moral standards given by God, or is morality relative, a matter of culture, and what is acceptable to a society?

6. What the Purpose of Your Existence?

Is human life as you know it merely the result of some amazing cosmic accident, or is there an underlying meaning to history, a purpose toward which time will culminate? Does life have meaning and purpose for individuals, or is it simply whatever one makes it? Did the Creator design his children with a purpose? If so, what might that be?

How Do We Test Our Worldview?

Everyone (not only religious people) forms his or her worldview on the basis of faith (assumptions and presuppositions) and reason. So we must ask ourselves “how reasonable or consistent is our worldview?” Are there any contradictions that are apparent? Testing a worldview is critical because at the end of the day, most people want to make sure that they have truebeliefs about the world. The following tests are just some ways of determining whether or not a particular worldview is true. Consider only three basic tests summarized here:

1.      The Coherence Test checks the internal consistency of a worldview to see if one’s specific values and beliefs contradict any other beliefs within the worldview.

2.      The Correspondence Test examines how well a worldview corresponds to reality. It evaluates evidences and experiences to see if the worldview matches with what one perceives in the real world.

3.      The Practical Test evaluates a worldview’s livability. Does the worldview bring satisfaction as one faces life’s challenges, or is it found to be lacking?

Foundations of Christian Spirituality and Ethics

The foundational beliefs of Christianity inform the Christian understanding of the nature of spirituality and the nature of ethics. Thus, the way in which the Christian worldview answers the six questions above shapes a distinctly Christian spirituality and Christian ethic. The term spirituality has many different definitions in popular culture and in different contexts. One influential definition claims, “spirituality is an aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose, and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred” (Puchalski et al., 2009). This definition is broad enough to give a general idea of what spirituality involves, but it does not give a full picture of a person’s spiritual life or spiritual needs. Those details will be filled in by examining a persons specific worldview.

Spirituality in the Christian worldview has its foundations in the reality of a triune God who eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is one being in three persons and is the creator and sustainer of all that exists. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving to his core, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16). This God has revealed himself in different ways to human beings, including through the natural world. However, he has revealed himself and his will for human beings most authoritatively through the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ. In this view, whatever it means to be spiritual will in some sense be related directly or indirectly to God, and will come to be known primarily through the teachings of the Bible. Furthermore, Christian spirituality will refer to the beliefs and practices that are meant to reflect the proper functioning of God’s creation, and which promote right relationship to God and deeper knowledge of him. Many times spirituality is taken to be synonymous with the feeling of deep emotion or of oneness with a transcendent reality, but Christian spirituality is not limited to the experience of mere emotions or feelings. Feelings and emotions are an important part of being human, and they are even an important part of one’s relationship to God. Yet, spirituality in the Christian worldview is not dictated by the feelings or emotions one might be experiencing in the moment, but by trust in the goodness of God and obedience to him.

In the same way that Christian spirituality finds its foundations in the reality of the triune God of the Bible, ethics also has its foundations in God. Ethics, broadly speaking, is the study of good and bad, right and wrong. Every worldview has to explain the foundations of ethics (in line with worldview question #5 above) such that it explains the basis of what counts as good and bad, right or wrong. In the Christian worldview, there is a God who exists and has created the world with a moral structure and purpose such that what is truly right and good is a reflection of God’s character. God’s own holy, loving and perfect character is the standard of right and wrong. Badness or what is wrong is then defined as anything that is contrary to God’s character, his will, or to his design and purpose for his creation.

The Bible reveals what God’s character is like. Exodus 34:6-7 says,

The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.

Similarly, 1 John 4:7-9 says,

 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

Psalm 18:30 declares, “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Many more verses could be surveyed, but the Bible makes clear that God is perfectly good and holy. Knowing right and wrong then will mean knowing that which accords to God’s character.

Right or wrong can be discovered in multiple ways. It can be discovered in God’s creation by examining the natural world or by the use of human reason. In this way, one discovers God’s design for the way things are supposed to be by examining what is built into creation; this is often referred to as “natural law.” For example, one can know by means of reason and observation that murder is wrong or that a broken bone is bad and not the way it is supposed to be. Conversely, one might come to know that feeding the homeless is good, and loving one’s spouse is right. One does not need to be religious or even believe in God to be able to know propositions of “natural law.” Nevertheless, the Christian worldview holds that these truths are built into the world by God. Second, right or wrong can be discovered by reading the Bible or looking at the example of Jesus Christ. The Bible reveals God’s commands and principles such as the Ten Commandments or the teachings of Jesus on the sermon on the mount. In addition, the Bible provides us with examples of virtuous people. The perfect man and moral exemplar (though much more than only a man and an exemplar) in the Christian tradition is Jesus Christ himself. The Christian is to not only obey God’s commands, but to be transformed into the kind of person that reflects the character of God. Jesus Christ is the perfect representation of such a life; Christians, thus, ought to embody the virtues and character of Jesus himself. The attaining of these virtues will not only be a matter of intellectual knowledge of right and wrong, but an active surrender and transformation by means of God’s own Holy Spirit. The wisdom to navigate all the complexities of ethical decision-making will be a consequence of a person’s character and the active guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Knowledge of God, Knowledge of Ethics

A key component of the foundations of Christian spirituality and ethics as described above is the view that people can have genuine knowledge of God and knowledge of right and wrong. A few observations about the word knowledge need to be considered. First, by knowledge we mean the opposite of mere opinion. Knowledge is more than just an educated guess; it is being in touch with the real world as it really is. Thus, knowledge in this sense is not merely subjective, but is rather an objective description of reality. For example, the proposition “the earth is round” is an objectively true description of reality, even if some people happen to subjectively deny that the earth is round. Subjective beliefs may be true or false. What would make subjective beliefs true would be if they matched the real objective world. Fundamentally, knowledge is the possession and awareness of truth.

There are two philosophies, however, that stand in contrast to the Christian belief that one can have knowledge of God and knowledge of right and wrong, namely scientism and postmodernism. These two philosophies are very influential in today’s society, although they are not compatible with the Christian worldview. It is important to understand these philosophies because not only are they not compatible with the Christian worldview, they arguably have negative effects on the practice of medicine and health care.

Scientism

Although the term scientism has the word science in it, it is crucial to recognize that (1) scientism is not the same thing as (2) science. In the Christian worldview, science is a great and good thing. In fact, the Christian worldview has always encouraged careful investigation of the natural world. In the Christian worldview, medical technology is considered a good gift from God insofar as God has created the kind of world that has a structure that can be discovered and manipulated to bring about the good of human beings (Rae & Cox, 1999). Scientism, however, is not compatible with the Christian worldview. Scientism is the belief that the best or only way to have any knowledge of reality is by means of the sciences (Moreland & Craig, 2003, pp. 346-350). In other words, if something is not known scientifically then it is not known at all, and the only way to hold true beliefs about anything is to know them scientifically.

That may sound reasonable and even commonsense, but there are two problems with scientism: (1) scientism is a self-refuting philosophy, and (2) science has clear limits. First, if the only way to have true beliefs is through science, then the thesis of scientism itself (“the only way to have any knowledge of the world”) could not be true because it cannot be proven scientifically. Thus, the thesis of scientism fails its own truth test. Scientism’s thesis is, in fact, a philosophical statement. Philosophers call such propositions self-refuting because they invalidate themselves by definition, similarly to someone claiming, “I cannot speak a word of English.”

Second, while science is a powerful way of gaining knowledge of the natural world, science is limited and is not the only way of gaining knowledge. Consider the following two limitations of science (though there are many others); science cannot tell us anything about (1) ethics or (2) how one ought to use the results of science (University of California Museum of Paleontology, n.d.). Science is wonderful and describes the way things are, but it has no authority to tell us what we ought to do morally. Science cannot tell me whether or not I ought to love my spouse, keep my promises, or give to the poor. Even when it comes to ethical issues that involve science, science cannot determine what the right thing to do would be. For example, science might be able to describe the nasty effects of a terminal disease on a person or explain the state of a person’s brain if that person is in a vegetative state. However, science cannot determine whether euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is good, bad, right, or wrong. Science also cannot determine how scientific data and results ought to be used. Science might enable the discovery of chemical processes or structures, but should the results be used for creating biotechnology to engineer human DNA? Should the results of scientific research be used to create bioweapons for military purposes? Such questions are beyond the bounds of what science can answer. Remember scientism is NOT science; it is a philosophical thesis that claims that science is the only methodology to gain knowledge and that every other claim to knowledge is either mere opinion or false. However, as Nicholas Rescher remarks, “to take this stance [of scientism] is not to celebrate science but to distort it” (as cited in Moreland & Craig, 2003).

Postmodern Relativism

Postmodernism is a broad philosophical position that claims that there is no such thing as truth or an objective reality that can be known. A common way in which postmodernism is expressed is through a view called relativism. Relativism is the view that there is no such thing as truth in the common sense of that concept. Every claim about the nature of reality is simply relative to either an individual or a society/culture. Another way to put this is to say that truth is invented by people (whether it is individuals or entire societies) instead of being discovered. According to this way of thinking, there is not genuine truth to be had or known, only subjective opinions or beliefs. While certain questions are no doubt  matters of subjective opinion, such as “what is the best flavor of ice cream?” or “what is the proper way to shake hands?” not all questions are. This is most clearly seen when we consider moral or ethical propositions about right or wrong. It would be a serious mistake to claim that the propositions “murder is wrong” or “racism is evil” are mere subjective matters of opinion. However, that is what relativism implies. If all truth including morality is simply a human invention, then there is no standard for genuine truth, and it follows that there is no genuine right or wrong. However, this is certainly false. Whether or not the Nazi party, made up of thousands of individuals, believed that killing 6 million Jews was a good thing, we have to say without any hesitation that they were genuinely wrong. But it is not possible to be wrong unless there is genuine objective truth to be known.

Both scientism and postmodern relativism are incompatible with the foundations of Christian spirituality and ethics. The Christian worldview holds science in high regard and accepts it as one of the most powerful communal ways of obtaining knowledge about the world. However, contrary to scientism,the Christian worldview does not accept science as the only way of knowing things about the world. Secondly, contrary to postmodern relativism, the Christian worldview holds that genuine objective knowledge of God and of right and wrong is possible. It follows then that who God is and what is right and wrong are not merely matters of subjective opinion, but genuine truths to be discovered.

Conclusion

The foundations discussed above provide the framework for Christian ways of ethical and spiritual decision-making in health care. It is important to understand therefore that the Christian way of ethical and spiritual decision-making is distinct from other worldviews and is not the same as Buddhist, Muslim, or even atheist ways of ethical and spiritual decision-making. It is not fair or respectful to paint all religions or worldviews with the same brush under the heading of “spirituality” and ignore the differences.

Topic 2 will discuss a foundational principle to the practice of medicine and health care, as well as bioethics namely, the principle of respect for persons. The Christian worldview goes even further and states all human beings are made in the image of God and therefore have intrinsic value and are worthy of dignity and respect.

Topic 3 will discuss the field of bioethics and introduce some of the main methodologies of ethical decision-making in health care. The focus in this section will be on the methodology called principlism which stresses the application of four moral principles to all ethical decisions in health care. Prinipalism will be used and interpreted in light of the Christian worldview and the overarching narrative presented in the Bible.

Topic 4 will briefly introduce issues of death, dying, and grief. The focus will be on ethical issues at the end of life and the Christian worldview regarding death in light of the biblical narrative and the hope of resurrection inaugurated by the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Topic 5 will conclude with discussion about the facilitating of ethical and spiritual decision-making for patients, and the practical application of the principles and tools introduced in this course.

 

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Discuss the concept of worldview.

Based on the required topic study materials, write a reflection about worldview and respond to following:

  1. In 250-300      words, explain the Christian perspective of the nature of spirituality and      ethics in contrast to the perspective of postmodern relativism within      health care.
  2. In 250-300      words, explain what scientism is and describe two of the main arguments      against it.
  3. In 750-1,000      words, answer each of the worldview questions according to your own      personal perspective and worldview: (a) What is ultimate reality? (b) What      is the nature of the universe? (c) What is a human being? (d) What is      knowledge? (e) What is your basis of ethics? (f) What is the purpose of      your existence?

Remember to support your reflection with the topic study materials. While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines.

Rubric 

· Explanation of the Christian perspective of the nature of spirituality and ethics in contrast to the perspective of postmodern relativism is clear, detailed, and demonstrates a deep understanding of the subject. Explanation is supported by topic study materials.

· Explanation of scientism is clear and accurate. Explanations of two main arguments against scientism are clear and insightful. Details are clearly supported by topic study materials.

· Each of the worldview questions is answered clearly and with deep personal insight.

· Thesis is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

· Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.

· Clear and convincing argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.

· All format elements are correct.

· Sources are completely and correctly documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is free of error.

 

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Describe self-improvement through Quality and risk management.

Running head: Self-Improvement 2

Self-Improvement 2

Self-Improvement Project Update

Tamara Giebler

National American University

Quality and Risk Management

Ruth Vivian Derby

December 25, 2018

Comparing my data and seeing how it relates to my expectations from the beginning of the class. We have developed a tool to record all expenditures for a week, using checking, cash receipts, credit card statements. For week one to week four was two to four, I thought that I would have had my record keeping better by now, but if I keep working at it, it will get better week by week until it is where we need it to be.

We have reduced our nonessential indulgences such as beer, wine, cigarettes, expensive coffee or latte purchasing to less than three times each week. For week one to week four was four to four. This was easy for I do not smoke, only drink on occasion, and only purchase expensive coffee rarely. My husband does chew tobacco but is not a heavy chewer. Just drinks on occasion and only purchases expensive coffee rarely.

I have been out less than three times this week. For week one to week four was five to five. This was right on track for we prefer to eat at home when my husband is home since he is an over the road truck driver, he likes to have home-cooked meals.

When shopping for groceries, I consistently use a list and stay with what is on it. For week one to week four was four to three. This one was basically on track for we use an app called note for many years now. For the most part, we go by our list. But with Thanksgiving and Christmas, we went off our list a few times. But with the holidays over now it’s time to get back to the list.

When shopping for groceries, we consistently compare prices and purchase the less expensive brands. For week one to week four was three to four. We have always compared prices, and we do use the lower prices for the most part. But some food items do not taste the same for the lesser name brands.

Before purchasing anything impulsively, we have thought it over for at least twenty-four hours before purchasing. For week one to week four was three to three. This will get better since the holidays are over. Before the holidays, for the most part, we did not purchase impulsively. With the holidays over, we will not buy impulsively.

Before purchasing anything impulsively, I put the cost into perspective by taking the amount of the item cost and divide into my hourly wage. For week one to week four was two to three. We do not expect this to get better until after the holidays. With the holidays over, we will get back to where we need to be and not buy anything impulsively.

When shopping for gas, I consistently compare prices and choose the lowest cost. For week one to week four was five to five. We do not have any issues with comparing gas prices, for we use a gas buddy, which is an app on our phones. We also get gas on Mondays when it is $.10 off at Rickers gas.

I have researched and consistently use coupons and rebates when making purchases. For week one to week four was one to two. We do not expect this one to get better for a while. For, this one is tough for us to accomplish, for we work full-time, I’m in school full-time, and were in the process of becoming foster parents to get my grandson out of foster care in Pennsylvania. After we have him for six months, in the Indiana foster care system, we will be able to adopt him. Then we might be able to look up coupons and rebates when making purchases.

I have managed to engage my family and saving. For week one to week four was two to three. I did not expect to get my husband involved until after the holidays. But now with the holidays over, we will be able to start saving as a family.

I have managed to deposit money into my savings account this week. For week one to week four was five to five. We did not expect this to change, for we already put $75 a week in our savings account, it is directly put in our savings account from my husband paycheck weekly.

We expected to be doing better by now, but I think it’s just going to take time for us to get into a routine, but with the holidays over we will get better. By updating the run chart weekly has helped me realize where we need the most help. We don’t normally impulsively buy except during the holidays. I do start most of my Christmas shopping during the summertime, by watching Clarence items. We did limit what we purchased for our grandchildren this year. We have eliminated some of the snacks that we use to buy for our house. We have always purchased our gas on Mondays for we get it $.10 cheaper than other days. We realize that we still need quite a bit of help with our finances, but we will get this as we work together as a team.

 

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Discuss Self-improvement through Quality and risk management.

Running head: Self-Improvement 2

Self-Improvement 2

Self-Improvement Project Update

Tamara Giebler

National American University

Quality and Risk Management

Ruth Vivian Derby

December 25, 2018

Comparing my data and seeing how it relates to my expectations from the beginning of the class. We have developed a tool to record all expenditures for a week, using checking, cash receipts, credit card statements. For week one to week four was two to four, I thought that I would have had my record keeping better by now, but if I keep working at it, it will get better week by week until it is where we need it to be.

We have reduced our nonessential indulgences such as beer, wine, cigarettes, expensive coffee or latte purchasing to less than three times each week. For week one to week four was four to four. This was easy for I do not smoke, only drink on occasion, and only purchase expensive coffee rarely. My husband does chew tobacco but is not a heavy chewer. Just drinks on occasion and only purchases expensive coffee rarely.

I have been out less than three times this week. For week one to week four was five to five. This was right on track for we prefer to eat at home when my husband is home since he is an over the road truck driver, he likes to have home-cooked meals.

When shopping for groceries, I consistently use a list and stay with what is on it. For week one to week four was four to three. This one was basically on track for we use an app called note for many years now. For the most part, we go by our list. But with Thanksgiving and Christmas, we went off our list a few times. But with the holidays over now it’s time to get back to the list.

When shopping for groceries, we consistently compare prices and purchase the less expensive brands. For week one to week four was three to four. We have always compared prices, and we do use the lower prices for the most part. But some food items do not taste the same for the lesser name brands.

Before purchasing anything impulsively, we have thought it over for at least twenty-four hours before purchasing. For week one to week four was three to three. This will get better since the holidays are over. Before the holidays, for the most part, we did not purchase impulsively. With the holidays over, we will not buy impulsively.

Before purchasing anything impulsively, I put the cost into perspective by taking the amount of the item cost and divide into my hourly wage. For week one to week four was two to three. We do not expect this to get better until after the holidays. With the holidays over, we will get back to where we need to be and not buy anything impulsively.

When shopping for gas, I consistently compare prices and choose the lowest cost. For week one to week four was five to five. We do not have any issues with comparing gas prices, for we use a gas buddy, which is an app on our phones. We also get gas on Mondays when it is $.10 off at Rickers gas.

I have researched and consistently use coupons and rebates when making purchases. For week one to week four was one to two. We do not expect this one to get better for a while. For, this one is tough for us to accomplish, for we work full-time, I’m in school full-time, and were in the process of becoming foster parents to get my grandson out of foster care in Pennsylvania. After we have him for six months, in the Indiana foster care system, we will be able to adopt him. Then we might be able to look up coupons and rebates when making purchases.

I have managed to engage my family and saving. For week one to week four was two to three. I did not expect to get my husband involved until after the holidays. But now with the holidays over, we will be able to start saving as a family.

I have managed to deposit money into my savings account this week. For week one to week four was five to five. We did not expect this to change, for we already put $75 a week in our savings account, it is directly put in our savings account from my husband paycheck weekly.

We expected to be doing better by now, but I think it’s just going to take time for us to get into a routine, but with the holidays over we will get better. By updating the run chart weekly has helped me realize where we need the most help. We don’t normally impulsively buy except during the holidays. I do start most of my Christmas shopping during the summertime, by watching Clarence items. We did limit what we purchased for our grandchildren this year. We have eliminated some of the snacks that we use to buy for our house. We have always purchased our gas on Mondays for we get it $.10 cheaper than other days. We realize that we still need quite a bit of help with our finances, but we will get this as we work together as a team.

 

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Discuss self-improvement through risk management.

Running head: Self-Improvement 1

Self-Improvement 2

Self-Improvement Project: Risk Management

Tamara Giebler

National American University

Quality and Risk Management

Ruth Vivian Derby

December 23, 2018

As starting something new could be incredibly overwhelming. As one begins something new that one is not very fond of could be yet more overwhelming. I choose my self-improvement project on improving my family’s finances. I choose this for my-self-improvement project because currently myself and my husband are in financial stress. We have filed for a chapter thirteen bankruptcy. We do not go to court until the end of January. If all goes well, we will be debt free in 5 years from the date we go to court.

The first question in this assignment is what can potentially go wrong? Many issues can potentially go wrong. The court could deny us the bankruptcy. We could forget to do our weekly budget. We could forget to pay bills that are due, such as the gas bill then the gas company would shut off our gas.

The second question in this assignment is what are the limiting factors for success? The limiting factors for success are that we don’t lose any days off work for our bankruptcy takes it right out of my husband check. With Christmas and new year’s, it will depend on the company if they are working the holidays and the days before and after the holidays. We did find out that he will be leaving Christmas day, this is a good thing for he will not lose any days this week. And we always celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. But then if he would have lost a day, we would be short to pay our other bills.

The final question in this assignment is what can be done to prevent failure? To prevent failure, we must be strict about our budget and pay our bills as soon as they come in. And put money into our saving account to be able to have the extra funds if my husband has a day off, or if there is a holiday that he does not work.

 

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Discuss self-improvement on the basis of improvement of the family budget.

Running Head: PDSA 2

PDSA 2

PDSA Worksheet

Tamara Giebler

National American University

Quality and Risk Management

Ruth Vivian Derby

December 16, 2018

Aim Statement

We will improve our family’s budget planner and make sure that we are reducing our debt. The best way to accomplish this would be to update our budget planner as bills come in the mail or email weekly, and as bills are paid, we will subtract from our budget for the current month. I know that this will be a weekly issue, there is no ending date of success, since this is our budget, and we will always have monthly bills. We will update our budget planner every week as bills come in and having a budget planner will help us keep on track.

I choose family budget because it is something, we are having problems with currently, and have never kept a budget planner. We have not needed a practical budget planner technique before. My husband and I are trying to get our grandson out of foster care in Pennsylvania. We have five children together, but they are all over 18, and on their own, so we will not have a lot of bills to keep up with after we file chapter thirteen, due to being forced to move in less than thirty days a year ago, which was the beginning of our struggles. As a result, it has been a necessity to structure a budget planner routine.

Changes

We made a few changes already. Many changes are needed to be made, we have had a meeting with a bankruptcy attorney, and if we can get him all the documents that are required, he will be able to file a chapter thirteen on our behalf next week. We do realize that we need to put this at the top of our foremost to do list. The course of action is getting our budget where it needs to be, which will give us a chance to better our families lives.

However, we have a beautiful home, enough for our family and for visitors to come for a visit. My husband and I each have a vehicle, and we have an RV camper. We both have good jobs that we take pleasure in. Our grandson will be in a safe and permanent home. We both have friends; we like to stay home mostly. We will not be taking vacations until our finances are where they need to be. However, we will be making a few camping trips to get away and relax.

Evidence-Based Sources

The Likert Scale will provide me with a weekly update of how we are progressing, and I have used the sample sheet given. I have also disclosed my numbers as I turned in my assignment from week five. We have improved on;

· Before purchasing anything impulsively, I put the cost into perspective by taking the amount of the item cost and divide into my hourly wage. (If you buy a $50 pair of shoes but make only $10/hr., are they worth 5 hours of work?)

· I have researched and consistently use coupons and rebates when making purchases.

· I have managed to engage my family in saving.

Criteria to Measure Success

In the run chart, I will be using the point system, budgeting, weekly assessments, and goal setting This is where I see the worth of budgeting, setting goals and priorities. These criteria will change working habits and using them in that aspect will make a difference. The data we are collecting is putting all of our income and bills together, and we intend to display it in a chart on everydoller website; which will help us visually with our finances. We have signed up for a site called everydoller, it will calculate our Income, giving, savings, housing, transportation, food, personal, lifestyle, health, Insurance, and debt. As we put in our income vs. are output. I believe that this will help us keep track of our finances.

Final Thoughts

I am still stressed with my own goals; however, I am working towards effectively getting our budget under control. I will resume to move forward and keep striving to accomplish our goals. We have incorporated the PDSA Improvement Model up to this point for this is helping us to stay on track. And watching the sale ads, myself and my husband are working on this together instead of it just being me. This helps me quite a bit.

References

Everydoller. (2018). Budget 2018. Retrieved from https://www.everydollar.com/app/budget

Spath, P. (2018). Introduction to healthcare quality management. (3rd ed). Chicago, Illinois: Health Administration Press.

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Discuss the application of the PDSA model in everyday practice.

Applying the PDSA Model 2

Applying the PDSA Model in Everyday Practice

Tamara Giebler

National American University

Quality and Risk Management

Ruth Vivian Derby

December 9, 2018

Walter Shewhart developed the concepts and techniques of statistical process control, the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle which was later modified by Edwards Deming. Then renamed it the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle. The intention of the PDSA cycle is used as a process of continuous improvement; there are four steps to the PDSA cycle. And they are:

· Plan– They outline the objective of the improvement task and what is needed to be improved.

· Do– They collect and analyze the current methods.

· Study– They recap what was learned throughout and subsequently implement adjustments.

· Act– if they were a success, put them into action on a bigger scale. (Spath, P., 2018).

My father in law recently fell down sixteen stairs at our home and then he was hospitalized and had to have neck surgery. Consequently, I was incapable of accessing my classes or able to get my schoolwork completed as I did not have any internet access or a computer while at the hospital. Not long ago, before he was released to come home, I created a strategy that would let me get caught up with my schoolwork in a timely mode, additionally, to be able to catch up on the house cleaning that was ignored while I was away at the hospital with my father in law.

When I arrived home and evaluated the house cleaning that needed to be completed, I formed a timeline that allowed me two hours to get my home cleaned and the rest of the time for school work. Saturday was day one of implementing the PDSA cycle that I created. I did get my chapter reading finished during the weeks that I had become late on, I gave my dogs a necessary bath, and had to get mine and my father in laws laundry caught up. Today I will start the second consecutive day of my timeline that I created and began the day by getting my two hours of house cleaning completed, then pursued by finishing my week four classwork. I found that doing my house cleaning first thing in the morning before I completed school work returned better results. I don’t feel so concerned about doing housework after a day of finalizing my school work. In the upcoming days, I intend to implement the PDSA model to remain on track with effectively maintaining schoolwork and home life.

Reference

Spath, P. (2018). Introduction to healthcare quality management. (3rd ed). Chicago, Illinois: Health Administration Press.

 

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Describe the concept of self-improvement.

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Self-improvement 2

Self-Improvement Research

Tamara Giebler

National American University

Quality and Risk Management

Ruth Vivian Derby

December 9, 2018

I have chosen to do my self-improvement research on how to improve my family’s finances. Budgets and diets have one crucial thing in common: The best one is the one you’ll stick with. My husband and I have gotten ourselves into a financial problem, and the only way that we see to get ourselves out was to file chapter thirteen bankruptcy, which we did not want to do but had no choice. Now we must come up with a budget for our family.

One of the most obvious concerns that some couples must face: is when they combine each other’s finances once they get married. Not doing so, can head them into serious problems. Financial difficulties are stated continuously as one of the top stressors for Americans in today’s society, which causes conflict and dissolution of marriage. Establish how spending personalities create financial conflict between husbands and wives.

There are some ways to change financial constancy and victory, precisely like any other goal that a couple would have, getting our finances balanced and developed into a thriving monetarily will involve changes that will be helpful in financial behaviors. Financial stability means to eliminate debt, improve my savings, and increase our economic security for our family. Also, controlling your impulse spending is a significant issue. Individuals impulse often spend, on shopping, eating out, and online items. This is a vast withdraw on our finances, the leading budget breaker for countless people, this is the quickest way to get in serious financial straits.

Eliminate and avoid debt if possible. If you have personal loans, credit cards, or other bills, you should start a debt elimination strategy. List your bills and organize them from smallest amount first to the most substantial amount last. Focusing on the debt at the top, putting as much as you can into it, even if it’s just twenty dollars extra a payday. Then take the whole amount you were repaying and add it to the least amount of the next largest balance. Resume this method, until you pay off all your balances.

Furthermore, evaluate your expenses and live frugally. If you’ve never tracked your costs, try the One Month Challenge. Then assess how you’re spending your money and see what you can cut out or reduce. Decide if each expense is necessary, then eliminate the unnecessary costs.

Grow your net worth. Do everything you can to enhance your net worth, both by decreasing your debt, boosting your savings, and improving your income. Consider new ways to earn money or to get paid additionally for your current position. And keep your family secure, the initial step is to save for a fund for emergencies, if something would happen, you will have the funds. If you have a partner or descendants, you ought to get life insurance and be sure to have a will as soon as possible. Furthermore explore additional coverage, such as renter’s or homeowner’s insurance.

Make your savings automatic. Make this the first bill you disburse every payday; we have a set amount that is automatically transferred from our payday deposits every week. We didn’t think about these transactions until we got into the problems that we did. Additionally, pay bills automatically or immediately. A good routine to get into is to pay bills as soon as you receive them.

Furthermore, as much as feasible, try to make it that your bills are being paid via automatic deduction. For the bills that are not able to use your bank’s online check system, generate a recurring automatic disbursement. This way, all your monthly expenses in your budget are taken care of.

Using the envelope system, this is a system to track of how much cash you need for expenses. You set aside a certain amount of your budget each payday one for groceries, one for gas, and one for entertainment. Withdraw those amounts from your bank on payday and put them in three single envelopes. This way, you can track the funds you still have in each of these expenditures.

References

Babauta, L. (2017, March 7). 10 Habits to Develop for Financial Stability and Success. Retrieved from https://zenhabits.net/10-habits-to-develop-for-financial/

Britt, Sonya, L., Hill, J., LeBaron, A., Lawson, D., and Bean, R. (2017, May). “Tightwads and Spenders: Predicting Financial Conflict in Couple Relationships.” Journal of Financial Planning 30 (5): 36–42. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.nauproxy01.national.edu/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=47&sid=6605cd7a-2c53-4ff5-89e8-d900d5823103%40sdc-v-sessmgr02

Moore S. (2005, March).” Financial Planning for Nontraditional Families.” Journal of Financial Service. 75-84. Retrieved fromhttp://content.ebscohost.com/ContentServer.asp?T=P&P=AN&K=16189828&S=R&D=buh&EbscoContent=dGJyMNHr7ESeprc4wtvhOLCmr1Cep7FSr6i4SbOWxWXS&ContentCustomer=dGJyM

 

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