Discussion: Translating Theory Into Practice
When water is in a solid state, particles are packed in a rigid pattern, conforming to the shape of its container. As the water turns into a liquid, the particles regain their fluidity, moving as the other particles around them begin to shift. Kurt Lewinâ€™s change theory is much like the changing state of water. Applying this theory, Lewin describes workplaces as being frozen in their procedures. In this state, it is impossible for change to occur successfully because people are â€œfrozen.â€ Informaticists must recognize this rigid culture and begin to implement strategies that will unfreeze the opinions and procedures of the setting. According to Lewin, only then will staff begin to accept new processes over old ones.
This process of moving from â€œfreezingâ€ to â€œunfreezingâ€ can be a turbulent one. In fact, many nurses have equated this to â€œworking in slush.â€ By applying theories and frameworks developed by Lewin and others, nurse informaticists