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Creating a Future Worth Experiencing: Nursing Strategic Planning in an Integrated Healthcare Delivery System

Drenkard, Karen Neil MSN, RN, CNAA

Journal of Nursing Administration: July-August 2001 - Volume 31 - Issue 7/8 - p 364-376

The application of a strategic planning methodology for the discipline of nursing is described in use by a large, nonprofit integrated healthcare system. The methodology uses a transformational leadership assessment tool, quality planning methods, and large group intervention to engage nurses in the implementation of strategies. Based on systems theory, the methodology outlined by the author has application at any level in an organization, from an entire delivery network, to a patient care unit. The author discusses getting started on a strategic planning journey, tools that are useful in the process, integrating already existing business plans into the strategies for nursing, preliminary measures to monitor progress, and lessons learned along the journey.

Author affiliation: Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.

Address correspondence to: Karen Neil Drenkard, MSN, RN, CNAA, 2790 Telstar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042 (

Reprints not available from the author.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.