Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2014

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Danijela Pavlic


A clear vision is a powerful tool that can help advance employee engagement within nursing units. There is a great need for a compelling vision for the operation of a safe, efficient, equitable, effective, and patient centered healthcare delivery system. It is crucial to identify what actions are needed to achieve this vision and what realistic strategies are necessary for success. The purpose of this vision statement is to achieve excellence in nursing by establishing a common identity and direction that responds to an ever-changing healthcare environment. The project was conducted on a 25 bed peri-operative and post anesthesia care unit in a large metropolitan teaching and learning hospital. The project was implemented to increase and achieve better engagement through the nurses within the peri-operative and post anesthesia care units to promote better patient outcomes after surgery during a large transition within the hospital system. Data was collected through focus groups and manager and employee feedback. Prior to the intervention, nurse engagement depended on who was working the unit on that particular day. Who was working that day defined the energy of the unit. Post data revealed an inclusive vision statement for the unit that described the vision encouraged by the employees of the unit and what they were hoping to accomplish and achieve moving forward. Although successful for the creation of the new vision statement for the unit, it is recommended that further follow up and regular employee engagement meetings be attended to ensure employees are as actively engaged to promote the best possible patient outcomes.