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  1. Brandt, Julie A. MSN, RN, NE-BC
  2. Reed Edwards, Donna MA, RN, NEA-BC
  3. Cox Sullivan, Sheila PhD, RN, CNE
  4. Zehler, Jean K. MSE, RN, NE-BC
  5. Grinder, Sandra MSN, RN, CPHQ
  6. Scott, Karen J. MSN, RN
  7. Cook, Judy H. MNSc, RN, APRN-BC
  8. Roper, Debra MSN, RN
  9. Dickey, Aurora MSHA, RN, BC
  10. Maddox, Kathleen L. BSN, RN


Using a systematic, evidence-based approach for developing a business plan allows nurse executives to forecast the needs of the organization, involve nursing staff at all levels, evaluate the direction of the profession, and present a plan with clear, concise goals. The authors describe 4 steps necessary in developing an effective evidence-based business plan.