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The National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) convened a think tank on "Issues and Trends in Health Care, Nursing, and Staff Development" in Atlanta at the July 2007 NNSDO Convention. I want to extend a special thanks to those individuals who attended this session (listed at the end of the report) and to Linda Shinn from Consensus Management Group for facilitating the discussion. In addition, I want to acknowledge the work of the Trends Task Force in reviewing the literature to identify key themes and suggested areas of discussion and in identifying some pertinent articles for the group to read prior to the think tank.


The purpose of the think tank was to bring NNSDO leaders together to develop a projection of staff development in the next 10 years, including the integration of trends in health care, nursing, human resources, training, and nursing professional development into the discussion. Assumptions about this future environment will then serve as a foundation for the NNSDO Board as it seeks to ensure NNSDO's continuing relevance over the next decade at a strategic planning session in January of 2008.


The report of the think tank is printed below:


Report OF NNSDO Think Tank


July 26, 2007


1 pm to 4 pm


Sheraton Atlanta Hotel


Atlanta, GA


Participants named key trends, determined those that have the most significance to NNSDO, and identified the implications for the staff development professional and NNSDO. The trends identified as having significant implications for staff development and NNSDO included the following:


* Generational issues will influence how people work together in healthcare settings.


* There will continue to be diversification of the workforce.


* There will be a need for knowledge management as "boomers" retire.


* New knowledge (e.g., genomics/genetics) will need to be integrated into the practice setting.


* Advances in technology and use of technology in care settings will increase.


* There will be a continued focus on quality outcomes, competency, and patient safety in healthcare settings.


* There will be increased pressure on those in staff development to demonstrate return on investment of nursing professional development/education, necessitating the possession of greater business acumen by those in staff development.


* Healthcare systems will become increasingly complex with mergers, acquisitions, and expansions.


* There will be a greater need for practice/education partnerships.




Although said in different ways, the group identified three critical priority areas for NNSDO in the coming years. It should be noted that these priorities are integrated and overlap.



Leverage/maximize the use of technology in the following:


* Providing products and services to members/customers


* Identifying best practices in staff development


* Helping those in staff development teach/learn



Knowledge Management

Manage knowledge through the following:


* Identifying best practices in staff development


* Infusing critical thinking skills in practice activities and processes


* Demonstrating the return on investment in staff development, including quality and safety


* Fostering the expanding role of those in staff development



Practice/Education Partnerships

Increase practice/education collaboration for the following:


* Providing greater preparation of practitioners including the staff development professional


* Fostering understanding of the work and roles of each



Next steps:


The NNSDO Board will engage in strategic planning in early 2008. The work of the think tank will be used in planning for the next 3 years, including the identification of strategies to achieve these priorities.



Julie Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, NNSDO Representative to the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nursing Professional Development Examination Content Expert Panel


Patricia Barlow, BA, Account Executive


Carol Blauth, MSN, BS, RN-BC, Incoming Director


Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, Director


Sandra Bruce, MSN, RN-BC, Editor, Third Edition of the Core Curriculum for Staff Development


Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, President-Elect


Cathy Colley, MEd, BSN, RN, Member of Trends Task Force


Jon Dancy, MBA, MIT, President, NNSDO's Association Management Company


Mary Harper, MSN, RN-BC, Incoming Director


Mary Holtschneider, MPA, BSN, RN, BC, NREMT-P, NNSDO's Legislative Liaison


Kathie Larke, MEd, RN-BC, Co-Chair, 2007 Convention Program Planning Committee


Nancy Konzelmann, MS, RN-BC, Secretary


Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, FAAN, NNSDO Representative to the Genetics and Genomics Nursing Consortium


Janice Muzynski, MS, RN-BC, Local Affiliate Representative


Connie Perry-Simon, MSN, RN-BC, Chair, Recognition Committee


James Reimer, MEd, RN, Co-Chair, Informatics Committee


Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, President


Megan Shaw, MEd, RN, Local Affiliate Representative


Elaine Smith, MSN, MBA, RN, CNAA, Director


Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, APRN-BC, CS, Treasurer


Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, Chair, Research Committee


Karen Wray, MSN, RN, Member of Trends Task Force