A model of succession planning for mental health nurse practitioners

Sally Hampel, Nicholas Procter, Kate Deuter

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    This paper reviews current literature on succession planning for mental health nurse practitioners (NPs) and discusses a model of succession planning that is underpinned by principals of leadership development, workforce participation and client engagement. The paper identifies succession planning as a means of managing a present and future workforce, while simultaneously addressing individual and organizational learning and practice development needs. A discussion of the processes attendant upon sustainable succession planning - collegial support, career planning and development, information exchange, capacity building, and mentoring is framed within the potential interrelationships between existing NP, developing NP and service directors and/or team managers. Done effectively and in partnership with wider clinical services, succession planning has the potential to build NP leadership development and leadership transition more broadly within mental health services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)278-286
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


    • Clinical leadership
    • Mental health nursing
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Succession planning


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