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Nurs Stand. 2007 May 9-15;21(35):35-9.

Action planning: making change happen in clinical practice.

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  • 1John Farman Intensive Care Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge.


This article describes how the authors helped practitioners to develop their action planning skills in conjunction with a practice development strategy in an acute hospital, using an approach called concept analysis, embellished by a systematic literature review. As a result of this, two tools were developed to help practitioners become more effective in action planning. This article describes the process and the tools that resulted, and illustrates the impact and benefits of using these tools in practice. It concludes that action planning, when undertaken rigorously and effectively, is a key skill for changing the workplace culture from one where the action plan belongs to one person to one where everyone takes responsibility for action.

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