Top 5 Nursing Issues for 2013

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, January 8, 2013

I unabashedly love Christmas (I've been known to sneak in holiday tunes before Thanksgiving). But I also love the days after Christmas when I get to take down the tree, reorganize my house, make a list of New Year's resolutions, and get a fresh start on everything from work to working out.

There's something so refreshing about a brand new year and all that it brings, from clean calendar pages to wondering about what the months ahead will hold for us.

For nurse leaders, certain issues, from increasing education to reducing readmissions, will undoubtedly be front and center this year. Here's a look at some of the top issues that will capture our focus in 2013:

1. The ever-expanding role of APRNs
The final rule on physician fees for 2013 allows Medicare to pay Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for services to the full extent of their state scope of practice. And in many states, APRNs have been fighting for—and winning—autonomy.

But expect the battle to continue into 2013 and beyond; in fact, ANA president Karen Daley tells me via email that it's among the organization's top issues for 2013. "Advanced practice registered nurses in many states still face regulatory barriers preventing them from practicing to their full scope," she said. "These barriers should be removed throughout the country."

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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