The Importance of Succession Planning and Developing a Thinking Workforce

Leaders, it’s time to start thinking with a broader focus and acknowledge you are playing an infinite game.

One key area to focus on is succession planning.

Who will step up into senior leadership positions when the time comes? Are we training our workforce to think critically and confidently?

With many nurses leaving the bedside for non-clinical roles or retiring, it’s crucial to have a plan in place.

But there’s another challenge on the horizon: a growing number of novice nurses entering the field. This could lead to a bottom-heavy skill mix and a lack of experienced leaders.

So what can we do?

It’s simple: focus on developing our team.

This includes junior novice nurses and inconsistent nurse leaders. Provide training, coaching, clinical supervision, leadership supervision, and good reflective practices.

Check out this article on how the SCARF Model can help you develop your team.

Nurture their growth and help them become transformational leaders.

In short, the future of nursing depends on our ability to plan for succession and develop a thinking workforce. By investing in our team and providing the necessary support and development, we can ensure a strong future for nursing.

Are you ready to lead the way?

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