Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Nursing Reports Explore Path Forward for the Profession

Wolters Kluwer survey results suggest that new nurses are not fully prepared for clinical practice—a trend that has been on the rise for several years.

While the reasons why are widely disputed amongst educators and practice nurses, both groups agree that growing new nurse critical thinking and clinical judgment skills, along with their confidence, is crucial in readying them for practice, particularly in the new care environment.

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As Chief Nursing Officers and other nursing leaders prepare for the new, post-Covid-19 reality, there is an opportunity to ensure that the positive changes that have been made to clinical workflow and patient safety during the crisis survive beyond the pandemic.

Nurse executives are in a unique position to drive strategic priorities that will strengthen the profession. They can serve as influential voices at both the strategy table and point of care, effectively guiding current and future decision making. Learn more about the seven strategic imperatives that can help these leaders drive lasting change for nursing staff, the community, and the nursing profession as a whole.

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Nurses are the true heroes who risk everything to be on the front lines of patient care. They bring not only care but also hope to patients in need. And today, they’re challenged like never before with unprecedented demands on their time, skills, and safety.

Our independent survey took place well before the advent of the global covid-19 pandemic. Still, it came at a time that we had the opportunity to both celebrate nurses’ contributions and recognize them. The results yield insights based on the views of a group of next-generation nurses (in practice less than 10 years) who are tuned in to today’s rapidly changing healthcare system.

The research also examines how next-generation nurses differ from their experienced counterparts (those practicing 10 years or more) in attitudes, beliefs, and priorities for the future. The findings serve as a wake-up call for industry as we navigate the rapidly transitioning nurse workforce.

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Our new blog by Dr. Anne Woods, Chief Nurse, Driving change: Seven strategic imperatives for today’s nurse leaders in the new healthcare reality, explores the priorities of nursing leadership and presents key areas of focus for a path forward post-pandemic.

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Six Characteristics of Nurses Practicing Less Than 10 Years

What do newer nurses navigating the changing healthcare landscape look like? What are their priorities? What are their concerns?

In this infographic, we have examined the characteristics that define next-generation nurses across a range of topics, including care delivery, the patient’s role in care, technology, the medication crisis, and the preparedness of new nurses to be competent in practice.

Bridging the Generational Gap

Our recent survey revealed variable viewpoints among nurses practicing less than 10 years and those practicing more than 10 years. See our infographic to learn about these variations in beliefs, attitudes and priorities.

Seven Strategic Imperatives for Nurse Executives

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the flaws in the U.S. healthcare system clear, but nurse executives have the power to inspire change. In this infographic, we highlight key strategic imperatives for today’s nurse leaders to maintain momentum and improve healthcare quality for the future.

Bridging the Gap Between Classroom and Exam Room

The Closing the Nursing Education Practice-Readiness Gap survey provides insights into the preparedness of new nurses from the perspectives of nursing faculty and practice nurses. See our infographic to learn about perceptions of the clinical preparedness of new nurses.

Priorities for Preparing New Nurses for Practice Divides Educators and Practitioners

Practicing nurses and nurse educators agree that new nurses need to be armed with different skills than they did five years ago, but vastly differ with regards to learning needs for nursing students. Among the biggest gaps? Whether new nurses use informed clinical judgment to make decisions.

A New Standard

of practice nurses strongly agree that the nursing curriculum should be standardized nationwide to give all nurses the same foundation based on evidence-based medicine vs 49% of educators.

Turn to Tech

of educators believe incorporating tech into the classroom makes nursing education more effective vs 68% of practice nurses.

Clinical Judgment Needed

of practice nurses don’t believe today’s nurse graduates have better critical thinking/clinical judgment than graduates from five to 10 years ago vs 46% of educators.

Nurse Leaders: Poised to Drive Immediate and Lasting Change

“As nurse leaders assess where further innovation can be achieved, they must also balance the day-to-day realities of the most-pressing organizational priorities: (1) building the nursing workforce into strong, adaptable, and innovative teams and (2) meeting and optimizing people’s changing healthcare needs.”

– Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse, Health Learning, Research & Practice
Wolters Kluwer

“As we move past crisis mode and toward longer-term strategies, we can learn a great deal about the role of nurse leaders, who are in a unique position to drive strategic priorities that will strengthen the profession. In addition, nurse leaders can serve as an influential voice at the strategy table, effectively guiding current and future decision making.”

– Julie Stegman
Vice President, Nursing Segment, Health Learning, Research & Practice
Wolters Kluwer

Recent Wolters Kluwer reports explore the perspectives and priorities of nurses at different stages and phases of their careers.

Next-Generation Nurses: Empowered + Engaged explores the priorities of nurses earlier their careers. Closing the Nursing Education-Practice Readiness Gap: Building Confidence + Competence (Coming soon) explores the perspectives of practice nurses and educators on the skills required for new nurses. Nurse Executives: Driving Change in the Era of Covid-19 delves into strategies for nurse leaders. All provide valuable insights on these three unique groups of healers and how they fit into the rapidly changing healthcare system.

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