In any industry, any time a senior employee in a leadership position retires, resigns, or leaves the organization for any other reason, the consequences can be severe. In health care, a senior leader often spends years fulfilling the duties of the position, and during that time acquire extensive knowledge about the area they oversee and the goals of the organization. If that person leaves the organization abruptly, the position must be backfilled by someone who will have to learn the ins and outs of the position over time, often resulting in anything but a seamless transition in leadership. The purpose of a succession plan is to create appropriate training for employees that will prepare them to step into these positions and perform the leadership responsibilities with minimal disruption to the organization. This will ensure stability and efficiency during times of stress.

You reviewed the various competencies required of a manager and of a leader throughout this course, and you should now be able to identify which proficiencies will be needed for future nurse leaders entering the field.

Consider the following scenario:

You have been promoted to a new position and will be relocating. Your last responsibility in your current position is to develop a job posting for your replacement.

Develop a 525-word job description for the prospective employee who will replace you. Consider the following:

Provide APA-formatted in-text citations and references for all sources cited.

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