Top 5 Challenges Facing Nursing in 2012

The year 2010 may have been when enormous healthcare changes began, but 2011 was the year these changes hit nursing. And in 2012 every nurse leader and manager must be prepared for the full impact.

6 comments on "Top 5 Challenges Facing Nursing in 2012"
Dawn (6/7/2012 at 2:53 PM)

While the topics covered in this article may be hard to accept...accept them we must. This is the future of nursing. It is up to the bedside nurse to decide how to influence the mandates that are being encountered now and in the future. A recent article revealed that nursing is under represented in the health care reform process. That means business leaders, physicians, and politicians are deciding our practice. Unfortunately, we are letting them instead of letting them hear the voice of the 2.9 million nurses there are in the United States.
Ali RN (1/11/2012 at 9:14 PM)

This article was immensely offensive to bedside nursing. I am a BScN RN, and I think that if associate degree/diploma nurses want to get their full BSN, then great. If not, that's okay too. Experience is more valuable any day. All nurses are taught from day 1 about the patient experience. We all know that the patient's perception of health care can have a huge impact on the healing process. To imply that nurses do not understand this is insulting. To call us "rank and file" care givers is degrading. Nurses understand that the patient experience has nothing to do with "molly coddling" as you put it. If you want nurses to be involved in patient safety and held accountable, you need to start listening to us. We don't need to feel involved, we need to BE involved. We all understand about cost cutting, and that nurses are largest part of the budget. However, nurses also make up the largest population of health care workers are any given hospital. Agile staffing sounds to me like hiring more casuals, which means less experience on the ward when I need it. Although you might not have meant it, this article is very offensive to nurses.
SparrowRN (12/30/2011 at 6:48 PM)

Demand that nurses have at least a BSN if not an MSN and then preach to them about making patients happy and safe. Nurses cannot be told how to speak with scripting and to round every hour taking care of pain, position, and potty (be sure to use baby words with the BSN/MSN RNs) and then be expected to think critically. Either there is trust in RN judgement and ability or there isn't. If you want a responsible, critically thinking, compassionate nursing staff treat them as responsible, smart, caring people. Stop micro-managing. Share information, encourage nursing input, actually listen to them, and act upon nursing ideas. Stop soliciting RN input so the hospital can get Magnet status when in fact that input is routinely ignored. Finally stop preaching at all of us and fire the bad apples, including the bad apples in management. It is going to take a long time for health care management to remake their image and be the leaders they claim to be.
Trish (11/22/2011 at 11:47 AM)

This whole article slammmed nurses. For your information Author we do own patient safety, patient experience, and infection control. Everything is put on the back of nursing but the real problem is staffing and retention and using nursing as both the whip boy and the area to cut in. You can definitely state this is someone who is in the healthcare industry but purely out of touch as most industry leaders are with nursing is facing today.
motherjonesrn (11/18/2011 at 10:20 AM)

I was so sad to read this article. Obvious was written by someone out of touch with bedside nursing.
vdutton (11/17/2011 at 11:44 AM)

Rebecca Hendren has gone out of her way to prove she knows little about Nursing! A Message From "Rank and File, RN"


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