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Designing Tomorrow: Creative and Effective Succession Planning

Beglinger, Joan Ellis RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 10 - p 495–496
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a3e85b
Departments: Spotlight on Transitions

This department column is devoted to posing thought-provoking insights about transitions through, to, and from administrative roles in nursing. In this article, I explore an effective approach to succession planning for the role of director of surgical services, implemented in my role as chief nursing officer for a tertiary, acute care hospital. The plan provided a creative solution to the succession challenge and important lessons learned.

Author Affiliation: Principal, Joan Ellis Beglinger Designing Tomorrow, Cross Plains, Wisconsin, and Consultant, Tim Porter O’Grady Associates, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Beglinger, 3528 Timber Lane, Cross Plains, WI 53528 (

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