This department column is devoted to posing thought-provoking insights about transitions through, to, and from administrative roles in nursing. In this article, I explore an effective approach to succession planning for the role of director of surgical services, implemented in my role as chief nursing officer for a tertiary, acute care hospital. The plan provided a creative solution to the succession challenge and important lessons learned.
Author Affiliation: Principal, Joan Ellis Beglinger Designing Tomorrow, Cross Plains, Wisconsin, and Consultant, Tim Porter O’Grady Associates, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Ms Beglinger, 3528 Timber Lane, Cross Plains, WI 53528 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).