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Premier Health Nursing Strategic Plan

By Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP

I can’t think of anything that I can accomplish without a plan. When we aim to accomplish something, we always follow a certain logic that will allow us to achieve our goals. I am sure that we can all agree that the health care industry is somewhat challenging. Health care is difficult on a good day, and now that we are facing a major overhaul, it feels somewhat more perplexing than ever. In fact, there is so much to do, that it makes it hard to stay focused. Perhaps it is because we perceive conflicting priorities? I believe that in order to stay the course, and to stay focused, the best tool we can use is to have a definite plan of action, or a strategic/operational plan.

Aileron (2011) reminds us to break down the process of building a strategic plan in five steps: determine where you are; identify what’s important; define what you must achieve; determine who is accountable; and, finally, review, review, review the plan.

Over summer 2013, Premier Health (Premier) nursing executive council (including nursing leaders across Premier Health) finalized a nursing strategic and operational plan. In order to finalize the plan, we conducted a thorough SWOT analysis (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat), and reviewed Premier’s vision and mission statements, as well as the goals determined by the Premier board of trustees. We followed the five-step process outlined above, and now we are constantly reviewing our progress.

We will officially review our progress and offer a yearly account as part of our Premier nursing services annual report (expected delivery second quarter 2014).  We urge all nurses to familiarize themselves with the plan, and we welcome any questions and comments you may have. More importantly, when you are unsure about your purpose, this plan will offer you guidance. The deliverables and the expected outcomes are concrete activities that will allow you to deliver our promise to our customers. Our promise is as follows: “We will build healthier communities with others who share our commitment to provide high-quality, cost-competitive health care services.” 

Aileron (2011). Five Steps to a Strategic PlanOff Site Icon from Forbes.

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Source: Syl Trepanier, System Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer - cited article from Forbes

Content Updated: February 20, 2014

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