Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care
July 24, 2019
July 24, 2019

Review the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) core healthcare competencies.

Review the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) core healthcare competencies. Select ONE of the competencies that you will work on for developing a Leadership SMART Goal.  You are to select one of the following competencies for YOUR SMART goal.

Managing Patient-Centered Care            or

Working in interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional teams;

  1. Create ONE leadership goal that is in the SMART goal format. You practiced this in the Week 3 Discussion, and received valuable feedback from your instructor and peers. Please refer to this as you work on the assignment.

S – Specific (Who besides YOU is involved in the goal, what is YOUR goal, where will it take place?)

M – Measurable (How are YOU going to achieve the goal?) Be specific with measureable outcomes.

A – Attainable (What resources and/or experts are available to assist YOU with attaining YOUR goal?)

R – Realistic (Is YOUR goal something that is realistically obtainable in YOUR professional practice?) Be specific.

T – Time bound (What specific dates or weeks will YOU accomplish each task related to your leadership goal?)

  • Example NOT in SMART format: I will learn how to be a manager. This goal is lofty, not measurable, and unattainable in the time allotted, probably not realistic, and not time bound.
  • Example in SMART Format: I will learn the disciplinary process of an employee who has excessive absences, by locating the organization’s attendance policy and meeting with the unit manager, reviewing peer-reviewed articles and credible websites to obtain information on the disciplinary process by Week 4 (or specified date).

Note: This particular example relates to Core Competency: Managing Patient-Centered Care.

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This example is a SMART goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.


  • Who– Your name, or “I” Indicate others who may be involved.
  • What– Learn the disciplinary process of employees who have excessive absences
  • Where– Your organization


  • How: Through locating the organization’s attendance policy and passing a quiz on the content of the policy.


  • Resources and/or Expert: Meeting with the unit manager, reviewing peer-reviewed articles, and credible websites
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