Introduction to Planning and the Planning Hierarchy Similarities between nursing process and strategic process The nursing processand the strategic planning are both essential for the different nurses of the world. According to Peled and Schenirer (2009), the nursing process is quite an exceptional representation in which strategic planning process and that the two contains similar elements. A closer look at the nursing process and strategic planning process one realizes that the two are similar in a number of ways. The nursing process involves assessment, diagnosis, implementation and evaluation (Carney, 2009). On the other hand, strategic planning process involves environmental assessment, formulation of strategies, implementation of the strategies and the process of evaluation and control (Paul et.al, 2011). In this regard, the two are similar in the process of gathering the information. As the nursing process inquires information from the patient, the strategic planning process assesses the environment to establish the changes that are required. In project management the most effective plan is developed and implemented by the project manager and the team. In the nursing process, a nurse adequately develops and integrates a plan to care for the patient. Also, in the strategic planning process, evaluation of the implemented strategies is important to assess whether the objectives are met. In the same case, evaluation process is undertaken by the nurses to assess whether the outcomes are achieved (Sare and Ogilvie, 2010).Differences between nursing process and strategic planning processNevertheless, the two are different from one another in a number of ways. In strategic planning process, the assessment is done in different levels of a company and the strategy to be implemented is dependent on the decision made by the top level management. In the nursing process, the nurse is the decision maker and basically dwells on the clinical judgments to ascertain the plan to undertake which is not influenced by his or her superiors but the code of conduct. Also, in the nursing process, the nurse may come up with the decision alone something that is not possible in strategic planning process where a number of strategies have to first be developed and weighed against the companies’ vision, mission and goals and the involves a number of individuals at different levels of the organization. Why nurses should be familiar with planning hierarchy and business principlesIn this regard, the different nurse leaders or managers need to be familiar with the planning hierarchy and the various business principles to be able to effectively assess a health situation, develop proper initiatives to be undertaken and to properly integrate the needed plans to address a situation while at the same time working towards the goals and objectives of the health institution. This further ensures that the nurses possess the needed skills to strike a balance between doing things right and doing the right thing (Marquis and Huston, 2012). ReferencesCarney, M. (2009). Enhancing the nurses role in healthcare delivery through strategic management: Recognizing its importance or not? Journal of Nursing Management, 17(6), 707-717.Marquis, B. L., amp. Huston, C. J. (2012). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (Laureate Education, custom ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams amp. Wilkins. ? Chapter 7, Strategic and Operational Planning (pp. 138-161).Paul, J., Charles, T., amp. Davis, S. (2011). Plan for success. An effective planning cycle can reap big rewards. Marketing Health Services, 31(4), 1315. Peled, R., amp. Schenirer, J. (2009). Healthcare strategic planning as part of national and regional development in the Israeli Galilee: A case study of the planning process. Health Information Management Journal, 38(3), 43-50.Sare, M. V., amp. Ogilvie, L. (2010). Strategic planning for nurses: Change management in health care. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.