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Career Mapping for Professional Development and Succession Planning

Webb, Tammy MS, RN, NE-BC; Diamond-Wells, Tammy MS, RN, NE-BC; Jeffs, Debra PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January/February 2017 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 25–32
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000317

Career mapping facilitates professional development of nurses by education specialists and nurse managers. On the basis of national Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards, our education and professional development framework supports the organization's professional practice model and provides a foundation for the professional career map. This article describes development, implementation, and evaluation of the professional career map for nurses at a large children's hospital to support achievement of the nursing strategic goals for succession planning and professional development.

Tammy Webb, MS, RN, NE-BC, is Acute Care Vice President for Patient Care Services, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock. Previously served as Director of Professional Practice and Education.

Tammy Diamond-Wells, MS, RN, NE-BC, is Medical-Surgical Nursing Director, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock.

Debra Jeffs, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN is Director of Academic Nursing Education, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Debra Jeffs, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202 (

© 2017 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.