When The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center first unveiled its strategic plan in early 2018, Nursing, along with many other groups throughout the organization, launched efforts to align strategic priorities to support the overall goals of the organization. The Nurse Executive Council was thorough in its approach, and collaborated with volunteers from the Patient and Family Advisory Program, which includes more than 100 patients and family members who serve as volunteer advisors to provide feedback and insights into patient care needs and experiences. Nursing also included
The Ohio State University College of Nursing (CON), physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists and more.

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Of the 26 strategies, Nursing will begin working on nine strategic priorities in 2019:

Talent and Culture
Create and sustain a nursing culture that inspires our workforce to live the organizational values.
Create a transition program to expand welcome of new nurses from orientation through year three to build nurses’ skillsets, support engagement and improve retention rates.

Biomedical Discoveries
Develop nursing clinical research and evidence-based practice priorities to align activities under high-impact opportunities.
Develop nursing research best practices and leadership structure in partnership with the CON and health science colleges to enable increased research and develop new investigators.

Multidisciplinary Education
Expand career progression for nurses at all levels and expand clinical ladder for additional professionals including patient care technicians.

Care Delivery
Empower nurses within the care team to work at the top of their license, to enhance individual contributions, instill accountability and enable safe, effective care utilizing the Synergy Professional Practice Model.

Healthy Communities
Develop innovative community partnerships and expand nursing involvement in community boards to engage the community and enhance the medical center’s reputation through the value and trust provided by nurses.
Implement initiatives to increase the capacity for nursing to participate in healthy communities and outreach activities.

Resource Stewardship
Implement initiatives to reduce waste in the system to increase nurses’ time with patients and increase the value of outcomes.

In a period of constant change in health care, the Nursing strategic plan spans the next three to five years and outlines many challenges to overcome, while remaining flexible and embracing the many unknown changes and challenges that lie ahead. From reimbursement models to the development of new models of care, Nursing will certainly experience the impact that results.

Nursing will share its progress against the strategies and goals outlined in the plan on a regular basis in the months and years to come. Nurses and patient care staff will be instrumental in realizing this new vision, in collaboration with many interdisciplinary teams.

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