4. Continuing to advance nurse education
The year 2013 brings us one year closer to the goal set by the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report that calls for increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020.
That, coupled with evidence that increasing the number of nurses with specialty certifications can lead to better patient care, will certainly lead to more nurses expanding their educations.
Look for an increasing number of innovative programs to help nurses do this, such as portfolio credentialing alternatives.
5. Quality, quality, quality
What do the four issues above have in common? They all aim to improve healthcare quality in some way. In fact, in the 2012 HealthLeaders Industry Survey's Nurse Leaders Report, nurse leaders cited patient experience and satisfaction and clinical quality and safety as their organization's top two priorities for the next three years.
According to the survey, 72% of nurse leaders rank patient experience and satisfaction among their top three priorities; 55% said the same about clinical quality and safety.