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Why You Need a Plan

Graystone, Rebecca MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: July/August 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 7/8 - p 343–344
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000764
Departments: Magnet® Perspectives

Succession planning is an important business strategy in many industries, but healthcare has been slow to recognize its value. In this month's Magnet Perspectives column, learn why succession planning and mentoring are critical for nursing, how they affect key outcomes, and who benefits from preparing the next generation of nurses. Chief nursing officers discuss the importance of identifying and grooming top talent and share their personal stories of how succession planning and mentoring impacted their careers. The column includes tips to create a succession planning program and explores how the Magnet® environment promotes a culture of mentoring and leadership continuity.

Author Affiliation: Vice President, Magnet Recognition Program® and Pathway to Excellence® Program, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Maryland.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Graystone, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (

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