Nearly a year ago, I played fortune teller. With the help of ANA president Karen Daley, I predicted the top nursing issues for 2013, forecasting that the safety of nurses, the rise of APRNs, advancing nurse education, and increasing emphasis on care coordination would dominate the consciousness of nurse leaders. Indeed, those topics were, and continue to be, among nursing's most important, overarching issues.
But in reviewing the past years' worth of nursing columns—I wrote 49 of them—some other trends have emerged, too, ones that challenge the way we think about nursing and, maybe too, how nurses perceive themselves. Here are my picks for the three most compelling under-the-radar nursing trends of 2013.
1.Empower Nurses; See Results
Ask nurses whether they think their hospitals' patient safety programs are actually effective, and you might be surprised by the answer: Only 41% of nurses describe the hospital they work in as "safe." And barely more than half (57%) believe that the patient safety programs in their hospitals are effective, a survey of 900 practicing registered nurses by the ANA and GE Healthcare found early this year.