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An Evidence-Based Business Planning Process

Brandt, Julie A. MSN, RN, NE-BC; Reed Edwards, Donna MA, RN, NEA-BC; Cox Sullivan, Sheila PhD, RN, CNE; Zehler, Jean K. MSE, RN, NE-BC; Grinder, Sandra MSN, RN, CPHQ; Scott, Karen J. MSN, RN; Cook, Judy H. MNSc, RN, APRN-BC; Roper, Debra MSN, RN; Dickey, Aurora MSHA, RN, BC; Maddox, Kathleen L. BSN, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2009 - Volume 39 - Issue 12 - p 511-513
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181c18026
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Using a systematic, evidence-based approach for developing a business plan allows nurse executives to forecast the needs of the organization, involve nursing staff at all levels, evaluate the direction of the profession, and present a plan with clear, concise goals. The authors describe 4 steps necessary in developing an effective evidence-based business plan.

Authors' Affiliation: Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive (Ms Brandt); Deputy Nurse Executive (Ms Reed Edwards); Associate Chief, Nurse Research (Dr Cox Sullivan); Magnet Coordinator (Ms Zehler); Associate Chief, Nurse Operations (Ms Grinder); Associate Chief, Nurse Medical Surgical Areas (Ms Scott); Associate Chief, Nurse Community Living Center (Ms Cook); Associate Chief, Nurse Specialty Areas (Ms Roper); Associate Chief, Nurse Ambulatory Care (Ms Dickey); Acting Associate Chief, Nurse Education (Ms Maddox), Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock.

Corresponding author: Ms Reed Edwards, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, 4300 W 7th, Little Rock, AR 72205 (

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