As the delivery of healthcare transforms from disease-based episodic care to patient and population health-centric models of wellness care, nurses are facing new pressures and priorities to deliver high quality, safer and more consistent care both at bedside and in the community. That’s based on a recent survey by Wolters Kluwer, Health in which nearly all nurse respondents indicated that more access to information that drives evidence-based decisions at the point of care would result in a significant improvement in patient outcomes.
“Nurses play a pivotal role in our healthcare system as the professionals who face decisive moments on the front lines of care, impacting the lives of millions of people every day,” said Diana Nole, CEO, Wolters Kluwer, Health. “The nursing profession is changing and the role of nurses on integrated care teams is shifting, creating demand for new skill sets and reshaping their views on training and continuous, lifelong learning.”
Practice readiness in this dynamic climate is increasingly viewed as a factor in care variability. According to more than 2,000 U.S. nurses, physicians, hospital leaders and consumers surveyed, more consistency in training and education is needed for new practitioners.
“Within a rapidly changing healthcare paradigm, it’s critical that nurses entering the workforce have the clinical, emotional, and mental skills to solve complex problems with confidence, and that those skills are reinforced throughout their careers.” said Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of the Health Learning, Research and Practice business at Wolters Kluwer.