Establishing a nursing strategic agenda: the whys and wherefores.Nurs Adm Q. 2008 Jul-Sep; 32(3):200-5.NA
The health system nursing leader is responsible for providing high-quality, service-oriented nursing care to deliver such care with disciplined cost management; to lead and develop a group of nursing executives and managers at the facility level; to establish nursing professional development programs; to build and maintain an effective supply of nurses; and to advocate for nurses and patients. Balancing these imperatives requires thoughtful strategic planning and disciplined execution. In their absence, organizations flounder to address a single problem in isolation and struggle to perform against outcomes. One organization approached the challenge by engaging in a comprehensive, accelerated strategic planning process. The experience brought together 11 hospital nursing executives in consensus around a prioritized strategic agenda. This article is a case study of the approach used to define a nursing agenda.