A Call to Action: Nurse Leader Succession Plan in Acute Care

Mary Kerich


Nurse leader succession plan in acute care is a business strategy that has a financial impact. Quality care and patient safety is reliant on effective clinical leadership. Efficiency and effectiveness in care delivery processes and outcomes translate into corporate financial sustainability. The premise of nurse leader succession plan is to build leadership capacity for clinicians, and enlarge nursing portfolio. Potential candidates acquire skills and knowledge pertinent to professional growth and leadership roles. Structured mentorship program focus on inter-professional collaboration that enhance clinical and leadership competencies. Individualized professional development plans align competencies with personal career goals. Emerging nurse leaders are inspired to demonstrate commitment and ownership of healthcare processes and outcomes. Regular performance appraisal and feedback provide objectivity in training and development programs. Additionally, communication and relationship management lead to efficiency and mentorship program integration. Succession plan and leadership development advances nursing discipline, autonomy, career development and job satisfaction. Therefore, a nurse leader succession plan provides a reflection on the voice of a nurse in hospital environment.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jmr.v10i4.11812

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