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Strategic Planning

Nursing Consulting Partners Consultants use an inclusive, interactive approach to guide nurse leaders through the strategic planning process. Consultants focus on realistic, relevant, and measurable goal setting. We assist them in developing an action plan that addresses Magnet® expectations, aligns the work of the governance councils, and supports the organization’s priorities. Consultants guide nurse leaders in assigning accountabilities and timelines and on disseminating the plan as a road map for action throughout the nursing division.

Strategic Planning Workshop: A four-hour interactive session that engages the CNO, nurse leaders, nurse specialists, clinical nurses in the design and implementation of a Nursing Strategic Plan that reflects nursing’s commitment to creating/sustaining a culture of professional excellence.

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Progressive Steps

Step 1


Consultants review the organization’s strategic priorities to ensure alignment of a new Nursing Strategic Plan. Interactions with nurse leaders and governance clinical nurses are an opportunity to educate and engage nurses at all levels in the strategic planning process. Pre-work by nurse leaders: complete the Goals Grid and submit.

Step 2


We work with the nursing leadership team to assess internal and external forces that will influence design of the Nursing Strategic Plan. Forces within the organization are derived from clinical and satisfaction data, nursing workforce demographics, potential risks, changing patient populations, and service line projections. Current and predicted changes in health care delivery,
reimbursement, regulatory demands and accreditation standards, including Magnet®  Program expectations, help shape strategic priorities for the Nursing division.

Step 3


NCP consultants work with nurse leaders to prioritize strategic needs and formulate relevant and measurable goals. We use the Goals Grid exercise adapted from Nickols & Ledgerwood
( 2005) as an interactive exercise to gain their input and perspective. The Nursing Strategic Action Plan identifies strategies and improvement activities to address each goal and assigns accountabilities and timelines to responsible individuals, teams, and/or councils.

Step 4


A critical step in the strategic planning process is disseminating the plan and expectations of accountabilities throughout the Nursing division. Consultants help nurse leaders create an educational roll out plan that ensures nurses across roles and settings acknowledge and endorse the goals and priorities that will focus their work into the future.

Step 5


The Nursing Strategic Plan becomes the beacon guiding nurses toward achieving strategic goals. Consultants prompt nurse leaders to pre-determine expected outcomes and rely on the Strategic Plan to frame discussions and monitor progress on achieving milestones defined along the way.

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Client Testimonials

Thank you for your wonderful presentation entitled “RN Care Coordination: Practice, Education, and Certification” at our Catalyst Academy 2015. Your important topic and great presentation style had the audience immediately engaged
Holly A. De Groot, PhD, RN, FAAN
Catalyst Systems, LLC
You had a hand in getting us there [receiving Magnet® status].
Thanks for your article in the Nurse Leader on shared decision making. I always appreciate your words of wisdom in this arena.
Great examples of control charts used [in NCP’s webinars] to “tell a story” of improvement over time.
What a difference a peer makes! Our discharge medication reconciliation accuracy rose from 56% to greater than 90% in one year, and our improvement has been sustained for over one year beyond that.
Nicole Jones, RN, MS & Beth Lacoste, RN, MSN
East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
We appreciated the examples you presented [in your webinars] per standard – this was helpful related to many standards be written generically.
Our Pathway to Excellence® document was accepted! Thanks for all of your help!
Pathway to Excellence® Project Director
Thank you for helping us on our way to Magnet® status. I know your visits to us and your advice steered us on this journey. We value your input.”
We just summarized the comments from your presentation – Our nurses loved our consultant and her message.
Judy Boerger
Parkview Medical Center
Thank you so much for an amazing Nurses Day! We had the best turnout ever, and your presentations were spectacular. People have been talking about it ever since, and I’ve heard grumbling from people who couldn’t be there—a sure sign of a great event! Thank you for your wisdom and support! It has been totally great working with you.
Paul Parker, RN, BC
Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, ME
We value your input – I especially value your candor and wisdom!
Excellent presentation! I’m excited about implementing peer review in our organization. Fabulous speakers with a true passion for the content.
Peer Review Workshop 2012
I wanted to say thank [our consultants] for their insight. I’m a staff nurse and beyond their guidance for Magnet, they provided insights into my profession while tying in IOM and ANA principles. You inspired my colleagues and myself with our journey.
Joy Fumera
Kaiser Permanente Orange County-Irvine
Thank you for the excellent workshops you conducted for our nursing leaders, council members, and educators. Finalizing the professional practice model as well as writing our bylaws, and council charters and objectives, was monumental. There was overwhelmingly positive feedback and enthusiasm as we move forward on our shared governance journey. Thank you for your leadership and expertise.
St. Mary's Health System
The level of excitement since your visit is outrageous. Staff are even more engaged and energized, with most talking about the learnings you shared.
Just wanted to take a moment to send you a personal note of thanks for all of the efforts you and your team put into helping our organization successfully achieve its fourth Magnet designation. Although Julie and her leadership group are enjoying many well-deserved accolades for this successful accomplishment, I have certainly not forgotten that it was you and your partners who helped immeasurably in getting our Magnet efforts back on track and providing assistance and mentoring to Julie and our team as they navigated this process and re-tooled our nursing governance structure. It is amazing to think back 2 ½ years and realize how far our nursing team has come in that short amount of time. Thanks so much again Kathleen for all of the time, thought and effort you and your colleagues put into helping us achieve this milestone.
Rob Myers MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, Goshen Health

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