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Professional Achievement Plan (PCA)

By Paul Nelson | 13 Apr, 2015

Toward the end of his nearly 50 years of writing books about the character of institutions, Peter Drucker wrote a book titled, " Post-Industrialist Society," and printed in 1993. Increasingly, we are entering a historic age when an institution will be increasingly defined by its ability to manipulate and refine information. The true assets of such an institution would be related to the professional assets managed by this institution. For the book, his thesis was that unless the institution actively pursues a strategy to increase the value of it professional assets, its economic survival will become increasingly marginalized. Comment: you may want to do a search and find out what others have understood about this book. By the way, it is a relatively quick read.

First, I view professional development as an important attribute of a an adapting healthcare industry of the future. Second, I propose that the improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare will be largely the result of fostering the opportunity for the development of an annually revised Professional Achievement Plan by each employee throughout our nation's healthcare industry, beginning in each medical school. Now, that statement should really get someone's attention.

So, I now ask each one who have volunteered to read about a PCA: Have you ever participated in an individualized, annually adapted professional development plan? If so, what was valuable for you and what was not? If you have never done a PCA, hold off until we get a few comments from those that have done a PCA. To be honest, I am not sure that many people will respond in the next 24 hours.

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Paul Nelson Replied at 7:52 AM, 14 Apr 2015

I'm waiting! More tomorrow.

Sudip Bhandari Replied at 4:22 PM, 14 Apr 2015

I find this concept- "true assets of such an institution would be related to the professional assets managed by this institution" really interesting. But, I am wondering, Paul, if you could tell us more about PCA, because based on my research, I couldn't find a standard definition of the term. Could the structure and goals of PCA be varied in different settings?

John Ervin, RN, BSN, MBA Replied at 7:00 PM, 14 Apr 2015

Paul

A professional develoemy plan is vital, but I have not seen an effective one implanted in my ten years working in the civilian world as a healthcare executive. A PAC must start with a baseline assessment to build upon as well, which is not done in the industry.
If your point is that these plans do not exist.... I completely agree.

John Ervin

Paul Nelson Replied at 10:37 PM, 14 Apr 2015

The framework for a PCA begins with a Mission Statement. Hopefully, you are primarily employed by an institution that defines itself with a VISION, MISSION STATEMENT and DECLARATION OF VALUES. To this you formulate a Mission Statement for your self. For background on a personal MISSION STATEMENT, Steve Covey wrote a book about it: "First Things First" published in 1994. I find that a person's Mission Statement is the most difficult part of a PCA. My own experience with formulating a Mission Statement took about 5 years to finish. The exercise of formulating a Mission Statement in the presence of the related statements of one's employer can be threatening as well as empowering. As the Covey book explains, the key is to define one's zone of influence. As I go forward, I use the term "institution" as defined by Elinor Ostrom in her book published in 2005: "Understanding Institutional Diversity." She is a 2009 Nobel Prize winner in economics.

I deeply appreciate the comments of John and Sudip.

Paul

Marie Connelly Replied at 9:40 AM, 15 Apr 2015

Thanks for starting this interesting discussion, Paul. I wonder if you could share more about how you'd envision PCAs being integrated into practice? Is this something you've looked into, or begun incorporating in your work?

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