We must understand that planning is a constant process and evolves accordingly over time. Planning considers, as we have mentioned before, time, resources and the interests of both oneself and others.
There are different ways of planning health care organisations and nursing units. Everything will depend on the style and characteristics of the people in the unit or organisation and the management style and characteristics we have as managers. It is essential to consider that planning, in any case, must be flexible and adaptable to unexpected events that may arise and to all those that cannot be left for later in time.
The best way to understand how to carry out strategic planning is to understand that, when it comes to planning in a health organisation, there are two levels:
The macro level. This corresponds, for example, to the planning of people’s working hours, training to be carried out by workers over a year or a more specific period of time, among others. It is essential to consider, for example, whether we are referring to performance:
– What type of activity did you maintain in recent times?
– Is this activity compatible with the organization’s objectives?
– What kind of these activities can be delayed, reorganized, or carried out together with others?
The micro level. This refers to the activity that is carried out in a concrete way. It includes such points as:
– The specific activity carried out by professionals during a day.
– What are the objectives that were set for that working day, or specific work session.
– What strategy best suits the proposed objectives
– How we will evaluate the activity