Adopted April 2007
In 2007 the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) engaged in an aggressive Strategic Planning Initiative positioned to create the association's future strategic direction. Great strides were made in achieving many of the objectives and goals and the plan was updated in early 2010. The Strategic Plan facilitates (a) identification of the future need of ARN members and other identified stakeholders; and, (b) options for satisfying those needs.
Below is the strategic planning model used by the ARN leadership and staff to formulate the strategic plan.
Using the Four Planning Horizon's model above as a framework and group dialogue and deliberation as the information source, ARN leaders created the following:
A set of assumptions about the future of the profession(s) they represent and the professionals that work within;
The leadership of ARN views the process of strategic planning as ongoing within the association. This is not a "strategic planning project" that is completed and filed away. Adoption of a plan is an affirmation of the general intent and direction articulated by the vision, goals, and objectives. Progress toward achieving the plan's objectives will be assessed annually, and the plan will be updated based on achievement and changes in the needs of the stakeholders served.
10-15 Year Planning Horizon
Core Ideology & Envisioned Future
A core ideology describes an association's consistent identity that transcends all changes related to its relevant environment. It consists of two elements - core purpose - the association's reason for being - and core values - essential and enduring principles that guide an association. Envisioned future conveys a concrete yet unrealized vision for the association. It consists of a big (hairy) audacious goal (BHAG) - a clear and compelling catalyst that serves as a focal point for effort - and a vivid description - vibrant and engaging descriptions of what it will be like to achieve the BHAG.
Core Purpose: To advance rehabilitation nursing practice.
Core Organizational Values
Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)
Vivid Description of the Desired Future
As a result of ARN's efforts, nursing school curricula include rehabilitation concepts and state licensing exams include an assessment of rehabilitation knowledge. Research-based rehabilitation concepts are included in every care plan in every setting. Insurance companies and third party payers recognize the importance of rehabilitation and reimburse appropriately for it.
The diverse members of ARN are recognized as experts in a holistic approach to patient well-being, prevention, and management of chronic illness and disability and are routinely consulted on rehabilitation concepts for client care across the continuum. Consumers of healthcare will experience enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation services evidenced by a decrease in complications of disability and illness.
3-5 Year Planning Horizon
Outcome-Oriented Goals and Objectives
The following thinking represents ARN goal areas for the next three to five years. They are areas in which ARN will explicitly state the conditions or attributes it wants to achieve. These outcome statements define "what will constitute future success." The achievement of each goal will move the organization toward realization of its vision. The goal areas are not in priority order. Objectives provide direction and actions on how the association will accomplish its articulated goals. Objectives are considered in the 3-5 year planning horizon.
Goals and Objectives
Goal Area: Leadership
Goal Statement: ARN will be recognized as a leader and preferred partner regarding rehabilitation.
Objective (1): Increase awareness and value of rehabilitation nursing to Department of Defense (DOD) and VA nurses.
Objective (2): Increase awareness and value of rehabilitation nursing to baby-boomers.
Objective (3): Enhance the perceived value of rehabilitation nursing to healthcare executives.
Objective (4): Enhance the influence of ARN with national nursing organizations impacting nursing education.
Goal Area: Research
Goal Statement: ARN will be the global leader in building, disseminating, and translating the science of rehabilitation nursing into practice.
Objective (1): Increase the number of research activities funded by RNF.
Objective (2): Expand the translation of rehabilitation research knowledge into practice.
Goal Area: Government Relations
Goal Statement: ARN will impact healthcare as a leader in effecting rehabilitation public policy.
Objective (1): Increase members’ knowledge and participation in public policy relevant to rehabilitation nursing.
Objective (2): Enhance ARN image as a leader in the public policy arena.
Goal Area: Professional Development
Goal Statement: ARN will prepare members to be experts and leaders in integrating rehabilitation nursing concepts into all areas of healthcare.
Objective (1): Develop education content on evidence-based practice examples/case studies that integrate rehabilitation nursing concepts into all areas of practice and offer to rehabilitation nurses.
Objective (2): Increase the number of nurse members prepared to assume leadership within ARN.
Objective (3): Utilize appropriate ARN educational materials to help prepare members to share rehabilitation nursing concepts with other areas of healthcare.
Goal Area: Continuum of Care
Goal Statement: ARN will expand services to all members of the rehabilitation nursing team across the continuum of care.
Objecitve (1): Define roles and descriptions of the nursing team members.
Objective (2): Increase the RN’s ability to lead in a team model.
Objective (3): Enhance resources and education targeting additional team members.
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