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Top 5 Nursing Issues for 2013



For nurse leaders, certain issues, from increasing education to reducing readmissions, will be front and center this year. At the core is an emphasis on quality of care.



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.
cindy huffer (1/22/2013 at 1:58 PM)

I understand the role to be one of a master's prepared nurse, working closely with physician in the acute care setting, who coordinates patient care and education post discharge to ensure higher level of compliancy and improved clinical outcomes. Extensivist would arrange home health nurse if appropriate.
Y.Luhahi (1/17/2013 at 4:29 PM)

Is the role of extensivist will be the same as that of a nurse working in Home Health Agency? or it is complementary?
Cindy Huffer (1/16/2013 at 1:37 PM)

I have been advocating for the medical extensivist role at our facility to help improve patient understanding/compliance and decrease unnecessary readmissions.
katrina howard (1/14/2013 at 10:50 PM)

The number 1 issue with nurses is safe staffing. When will ANA ever get this through their heads???