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Strategic planning is the process in which organizationalleaders purposefully look ahead into the future, outline goals for the organization, and develop a process to reach these goals. With health carebeing in constant change and being faced with significant challenges it is important to have continuousimprovement. The current strategic planning of organizations is consumer based it is mainly driven by customer satisfaction level. Nursesstrategicallyplan on a daily, weekly, monthly, annual, 5-10 years strategiesthat help us achieve our gaols. Strategicplanning looks into the future focuses on what the future will look like in short term or long term. Planning for the future requires an understanding of the organizations mission and vision. Managers should achieve outcomes for their identified goals and planning for the future should be considereda priority.

Factors that affect future planning of organizations include level of staff expertise, budgeting, level of care provided and time.Leaders can utilize SWOT analysis as an effective planning tool that identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunitiesand threats. SWOT analysis can help organization identifying what its doing right and whatneeds to be changed in the organization. SWOT helps organizations build strategicplans to meet gals, improve operations and keep the business relevant.

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