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3 Favorite Nursing Trends of 2013

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, December 17, 2013

But it wasn't just nurses' physical safety that got attention: Their emotional wellbeing was considered too, by shining a light on nursing's "dirty little secret:" The hard-to-deal-with topic of nurse-on-nurse bullying and verbal abuse. Not only did the phenomenon come under scrutiny, nurse leaders were warned again to stamp it out or risk losing good nurses.

Research backs this up: A study of newly licensed registered nurses finds that nurses who are verbally abused by nursing colleagues report lower job satisfaction, unfavorable perceptions of their work environment, and greater intent to leave their current jobs.

It wasn't just negative nurses who got my attention this year. I also wrote about the nurse who founded Pet the Pooch, a program that teams the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. SPCA staff members bring shelter cats and dogs to the hospital about once a month to give doctors, nurses, and other staff a chance to reduce their stress by interacting with the animals.

Here's to a brand new year of nursing leadership stories to tell.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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Amy (3/3/2014 at 6:07 PM)
I have been involved in nursing for 30 years, and I have loved the opportunities I have had to educate myself. ABLS, ATLS, FNTC, PALS, ENPC, conferences, etc. I have been a member of AACN for 28 years. Working for a "Magnent" hospital, I have a voice but only if I say what the administration has "coached" me to say in sessions we were required to attend prior to our magnent recertification. I am a PALS instructor and as the newer nurses have come through my class I have been shocked to find that our new nurses do not know how to prepare equipment for intubation, they do not know how to bag-valve-mask a patient. These are respiratory therapy responsibilities. There are many nurses in our intensive care units that have never placed a PIV. Skin care consists of a wipe down with a wet wipe. What happened to turn, cough, and deep breathing? I am worried about the nursing profession. I feel we as nurses have are loosing the ability to give our patients safe care.

Cora Butler (12/30/2013 at 6:31 PM)
I very much appreciated this article and applaud the leadership that is empowering nurses to make a difference by thinking outside the box. Setting the expectation that nurses will become critical thinkers and contribute to patient outcomes is key to cost effective, quality care. It has long been my observation that almost everyone does what they are incented to do and all we have to do as leaders is be wise enough to build the incentives in such a way as to elicit the desired behavior. From this piece it appears that is what some enlightened leadership is doing and I am anxious to hear more about the results. As to the bullying issue, nurse's have characteristically "eaten" their young. There are no doubt many reasons for this, but I suspect among them has been the lack of respect and authority that has accompanied the nursing role in many care settings. Thank you for sharing your 3 Favorite Nursing Trends of 2013. Cora Butler, JD, RN, CHC