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HealthJanuary 06, 2021

Inside the minds of the next-generation of heroic healers

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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When we look at evidence-based care, it’s really important to step out of our silos. We’re taking care of people, and healthcare is interdisciplinary, so we have to go beyond what is available 'to nursing.' To make the best-informed decisions, all healthcare professionals need access to the same set of evidence-based research that currently exists.
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN, Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer, Health Learning, Research & Practice

Unimaginable challenges and changing care models

Our latest blog by Chief Nurse Anne Debrow Woods, presents key insights from a recent Wolters Kluwer survey and analyzes the differences in mind-sets of next-generation nurses compared to more experiences nurses.

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Screenshot of part of the Six Characteristics of Next-Generation Nurses infographic


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.


Screenshot of part of the Bridging the Generational Gap infographic

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.


The results are in: Cultivating quality of care is vital to better outcomes

Next-generation nurses understand how to manage under new models of care effectively, they want more access to evidence-based best-practice information, and they are superusers of technologies.

The responses reveal those nurses’ confidence and social savvy—qualities that are certainly helping them navigate the perils of the pandemic and that are also making them the best poised to navigate changing care models. The results paint a picture of a generation that is rewriting the rules on nurse expectations.
Julie Stegman, Vice President, Wolters Kluwer, Nursing Segment, Health Learning, Research & Practice

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Next-Generation Nurses: Empowered + Engaged explores the priorities and perspectives of those nurses practicing 10 years or less.

Wolters Kluwer commissioned a cross-stakeholder survey to understand how differences in care and cost affected healthcare choices. The nurse responses provide insights into the views of a group of next generation nurses who are tuned in to today’s changing healthcare system.

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