A Case Study: Developing a School of Nursing's Strategic Plan for Research in a Global Healthcare Market

Monday, 7 July 2008
Mary E. Bowen, CRNP, DNS, JD, CNAA , Jefferson School of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Learning Objective 1: Identify one external influence for development of a strategic plan for research in global healthcare market.

Learning Objective 2: Identify one outcome of the strategic plan for research in a school of nursing in a global healthcare market.

Purpose is consistent with the conference theme: The overarching goal of the research strategic plan is to maintain and increase scholarship and proposal submission for research and training efforts within the School of Nursing. In order to achieve these goals and the vision to compete nationally and internationally, and achieve high quality scholarship in research and training, continued faculty development and refinement of research support systems were targeted.

Strategic Plan intervention: Case study methodology was used for strategic planning utilizing “Change Theory” in the development of a research plan for School of Nursing faculty. This strategic plan analyzed the need (systems), structures (existing research programs and availability of research development resources), processes (advance practice research needs), research methods (design), and training (availability research mentors).

Implementation of strategy: Implementation of this strategic plan developed out of external influences: need to develop a research agenda that was congruent with the University mission and vision; develop and expand funding to support inter-professional education, research, and practice; Support strategies to increase scholarly productivity by faculty; Continue Collaborative research, training and clinical activities with College, and University;

Publish and present research and project findings across faculty specialty areas; and Define and implement strategies that support faculty scholarship productivity/faculty development.

Internal influences driving this innovation were: educational leadership and changing value systems.

Outcomes: Research, Scholarship and training require socialization to the scholarly role wherein the faculty members are able to conduct independent and collaborative investigations in one's field, publish articles and disseminate knowledge at professional and research meetings. Developing and sustaining faculty scholarship is a continuing priority at the School of Nursing program level. Boyer's (1990) model of scholarship was utilized because it recognizes that nursing as a practice profession has overlapping functions which include: scholarships of discovery, integration, application and teaching.