AANA Cultural Values Assessment

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Measuring What Matters to Build a Values-Driven AANA

The AANA Cultural Assessment is a member-driven initiative with the goal of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the AANA culture to ensure the long-term health and effectiveness of the organization.

Culture is an incredibly powerful factor in an organization’s long-term success. No matter how good a strategy is, when it comes down to it, people always make the difference. Too often, an organization’s strategic priorities are at odds with the ingrained practices and attitudes of its culture. Leaders may underestimate how much a strategy’s effectiveness, and ultimately the organization's long-term success, depends on cultural alignment. The Cultural Values Assessment will help identify baseline data for needed change and begin the dialogue that supports the AANA's ability to continue to support its members at the highest level. 

In early June, members, non-members, AANA staff and staff of affiliate organizations will be invited via email to participate in an online survey to get a comprehensive picture of the culture of AANA.

When you click on the link to the survey, you will be taken to a website outside of AANA to complete a values assessment. The data from the assessment will be presented to AANA by a professional consultancy firm in collective form and is not able to be correlated to the responses of any one person. AANA's intention is to use the data to make our working culture the best it can be for you, and we will share the results of the assessment with you in the coming weeks.

The Cultural Assessment Task Force will develop recommendations based on the survey results and additional information created by the consultants with a final report presented to the AANA Board at the 2018 Annual Congress in September.

How did the cultural values assessment project begin?

The call for a cultural assessment of the AANA began in the grassroots of the membership in the fall of 2017. In response to member feedback, the AANA Board of Directors voted to hire a consultant to independently evaluate AANA culture and assist in implementation of recommendations.

A Cultural Assessment Task Force, consisting of 11 AANA members and representing various member constituencies, was formed. In February 2018, the Task Force unanimously recommended to the Board to retain Sort Sol Group to facilitate the assessment. Sort Sol Group began working with the Task Force in March 2018. The work of the Sort Sol Group and the task force is autonomous from the AANA Board.

What is the purpose of a cultural assessment?

Leaders typically measure and manage outputs and outcomes. Outputs and outcomes are tangible and relatively easy to measure. Beneath the surface lie our values and beliefs – the components of our culture that make a real difference between success and failure. AANA recognizes that our members are well supported when we operate at our best as an organization. Assessing the values that are present in our association and those values that we want to see is critical to our growth and success.

What are the components of a cultural values assessment?

  1. Values are a shorthand method for classifying beliefs and behaviors which an individual or group of individuals considers important.
  2. Beliefs are opinions, doctrines or principles held as being true by a person or group of individuals.
  3. Behaviors are the outward manifestation of beliefs. Behaviors reflect consciously, or unconsciously, held beliefs.

What does the cultural assessment have to do with me?

Survey participation by a majority of CRNAs, both members and non-members, is critical to meet not only the goals of the cultural assessment but the long-term success of AANA in its mission to advance patient safety and the nurse anesthesia profession.

In early June, members, non-members, AANA staff and staff of affiliate organizations will be invited via email to participate in an online survey to get a comprehensive picture of the culture of AANA.

What will I be asked in the cultural values assessment survey?

The survey will ask three simple questions and take approximately 15 minutes. The questions will ask you to select 10 choices from a list of values and behaviors that:

  1. reflect your personal values;
  2. describe how AANA currently operates; and
  3. you believe are essential for AANA to reach its highest potential.

Will anyone know how I answered?

No, all responses are anonymous and cannot be attributed to an individual. In terms of reporting back, reports will be in group format and combine the results of particular demographic groupings (e.g. Region).

Can I take the survey more than once?

You should only take the survey once.

Can I get a record of my responses?

All responses are anonymous so we can’t provide you with a copy of your responses. If you want to keep a record, please take screen shots as you proceed.

What are the next steps after the survey is closed?

The Cultural Assessment Task Force will develop recommendations based on the survey results and additional information created by the consultants. A final report will be presented to the AANA Board at the 2018 Annual Congress in September.