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Top 5 Nursing Issues for 2013

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2013

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.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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7 comments on "Top 5 Nursing Issues for 2013"


Melissa S (2/8/2013 at 7:26 PM)
Agree with the safe staffing point. I believe with appropriate staffing and acuities, we could decrease the fatigue nurses experience.

John Repique (1/24/2013 at 7:44 AM)
I am also very interested in #3 because it is a very complex dilemma for nurse leaders and hospital executives. We definitely need to address the issue of nurse fatigue related to long work hours and shift work. I am pleased that ANA is taking the lead with their "Healthy Nurse" campaign.

Patricia Smith (1/22/2013 at 6:12 PM)
As the founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, I am very interested in #3 on the list. Nursing professionals suffer some of the highest levels of compassion fatigue. This secondary traumatic stress syndrome, along with burnout and stress, can devastate the life of a helper if authentic, sustainable self-care isn't practiced on a DAILY basis. I travel nationwide presenting workshops and have found nurses to provide compassionate, high quality care to their patients, but not to themselves. Compassion Satisfaction is the pleasure we derive from our caregiving. These levels must be elevated in order to keep CF levels lower. Healthcare and medical organizations must do their part in helping nurses and other medical professionals to balance their work/life and also allow self-care on the job. It's all possible if someone really cares about staff.