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Succession Planning: Securing the Future

Bolton, Julia MS, RN; Roy, Wendy MS, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2004 - Volume 34 - Issue 12 - p 589–593

Succession planning is an essential business strategy for healthcare organizations, given the impending retirement of the huge Baby Boomer cohort of experienced nurses. It ensures that there will be qualified candidates when key vacancies occur. The authors describe the critical elements of a succession plan and suggest ways to implement them. The model can be applied to leadership and clinical positions.

Senior Consultants, Highpointe Business Solutions, Troy, NY.

Corresponding author: Ms Roy, Highpointe Business Solutions, 20 Viewpointe Dr, Troy, NY 12182 (

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.