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Leading Tomorrow's Healthcare Organizations: Strategies and Tactics for Effective Succession Planning

Blouin, Ann Scott PhD, RN; McDonagh, Kathryn J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Neistadt, Allyson M. MPH; Helfand, Bradley MA, MPH

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2006 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 325-330

Hospitals and health systems today are challenged by the lack of consistent workforce planning which has resulted in a significant dearth of effective succession planning strategies and tactics for the executive suite as well as middle management. This article discusses how the healthcare industry lags behind other corporate organizations in creating a succession plan and in retaining top leadership talent. It also provides practical approaches for succession planning in healthcare and identifies the key elements of succession planning for the chief executive officer and other senior leaders.

Authors' affiliations: Principal (Dr Blouin); Manager (Ms Neistadt); and Senior Consultant (Mr Helfand), Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Strategy & Operations Practice, Chicago, Ill; Chief Executive Officer (Dr McDonagh), CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi, Tex.

Corresponding author: Dr Ann Scott Blouin, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, 111 South Wacker, Chicago, IL 60606 (

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.