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Top 3 Nursing Lessons of 2014

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci  
   December 16, 2014

Empowering forward thinkers, investing in education and experience, and supporting nurse-driven initiatives are the most important nursing lessons of the year.

I love looking forward to things. I'm a list-making, goal-setting planner, who is relentlessly (and maybe unrealistically) optimistic about New Year's resolutions. (I'll be running my first half marathon in 2015. And now I really have to do it, because it's in writing!)

Earlier this month, I consulted with a couple of nursing's most innovative thinkers to predict what the year 2015 would hold for the industry. We discussed big ideas, like a renewed focus on nursing ethics and the push to get more nurses into the boardroom.

But as much as I love predictions and resolutions, it's also invaluable to reflect on where we've been and what we've learned. Looking back at the 45 nursing columns I've written so far this year, a few ideas jumped out at me:

1. Empower the Forward-Thinkers
This year's HealthLeaders 20 honored nursing's answer to MacGyver: Roxana Reyna, RN, a skin and wound care specialist at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX, who makes, or "hacks" solutions for her pediatric patients' wound and skin care by measuring, cutting, and experimenting with materials that are often manufactured with adults in mind.

I profiled her work in June, but she's just one of many forward-thinking nurses who figure out innovative solutions to patient care problems every day. "It's having to troubleshoot and come up with a solution for the problem," Reyna told me. "It's just like the nursing process."

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Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.

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