Inside the program: Three stages of culture change

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 1, 2009

The Lewin-Schein model of organizational change contains three stages. This model sums up a three-step process in driving cultural change that simplifies the complexity of accomplishing such tasks:

  • Stage I is called unfreezing: This is where you create motivation and readiness to change
  • Stage II is called changing: This is where you conduct the cognitive restructuring
  • Stage III is called refreezing: This is where you integrate the change fully into the culture to ensure the change is maintained

Source: The Image of Nursing: Perspectives on Shaping, Empowering, and Elevating the Nursing Profession

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