Design Strategies to Ease the Transition from Novice nurse to Professional Nurse Assignment | Online Assignment
N415 Current Trends in Healthcare
Christopher G. Santiago
Homestead Schools Inc
Professor Dr. Gwen Anderson
Current Trends in Healthcare
My name is Christopher G. Santiago, I am currently residing in Sun Valley, California, within the Los Angeles County. I am currently working as an ICU Nurse in a community hospital, I sometimes rotated in our ER department and is part of the Rapid Response Team. I worked as a Medical Surgical and Telemetry Nurse for a couple of years and was given an opportunity to work in ICU setting which I enjoyed best as it cultivate my skills and profession as a Nurse, it also gave me a sense of confidence and improve my critical thinking in response to taking care of acute patients. I am looking forward to complete my Bachelors Degree in Nursing as it will open up windows of opportunity in better serving our community and improve my career and skills in Nursing Profession, I am also in the process of my application in joining our brave men and women in the Armed Forces as a Nurse to give back to the country that gave me a lot of opportunities in life. This class will help me to better understand and apply in my daily nursing profession the current trends and challenges facing the nursing and healthcare. In my spare time, I like to spend it with my family, with my wife and 2 beautiful boys, we do hiking and visiting different places. We are planning to visit Europe again if things get settled and if it is safe to travel, we would like to see historical places were all of us learn and reminiscence the history.
Nurses’ responsibility is to provide care that is focused on society with the aim of improving the quality of life. The nursing profession has evolved a great deal with more focus now on the future. With proper education and training nurses have the capacity to save peoples’ lives. The nursing field continues to face challenges such as shortages, adoption of new technology, new diseases and so much more. Also, the nurses have been forced to adapt to the ever-changing practice with every year experiencing changes approaches and technologies (Vogenberg & Santilli, 2019). Thus, there is a need to understand the various trends in the nursing field to connect the practice to the future.
Catalano (2019) says that the shortage of nurses is a global problem and its impact on human health cannot be ignored. The current trend of nursing staffing has been worrying with the large population of nurses retiring while a smaller group is entering the field compared to the need. Gradually the trend has led to a decline in the staff. In some states, in the U.S there has been a concern that in the future they will have to outsource nursing serves. Such trends are worrying because in the future the shortage can lead to an undesirable impact on the healthcare sector. For example, it might become extremely expensive to employ nurses, a negative impact on patient outcome, and increased workload for nurses that can lead to fatigue and stress on the workforce. Thus, there is a need to develop strategies to increase the admission of new nurses as a method to cope with rising needs.
Telehealth has been changing the healthcare landscape and thus impacting the way nurses deliver their services. Technology has impacted the process of care consumption among patients. Thus, using technology nurses are being able to deliver care to patients at far locations. The adoption of technology for nurses today is not an option as more nurses are delivering care through telephone lines, VOIP, web cameras, the internet, and so forth (Mataxen & Webb, 2019). In the current global situation of Covid-19, nurses are providing telehealth-related services to the patients at home and those in different countries and continents. Telehealth nursing practices will continue into the future as more people and countries adapt communication technologies.
Health-tracking apps have made it possible for care provision and monitoring easy for nurses. Health-tracking application has proved beneficial to care providers and seekers. The technology makes it possible to track live patient data thus improving the process of care and improved results for the patients. Nurses have the responsibility to take care of a patient physically especially when keen monitoring is required. However, Health tracking technology has enabled nurses to monitor patients’ situation from far. Nurses can monitor heart rates, blood pressure, distance covered, and so forth (Vogenberg & Santilli, 2019). The use of these apps is likely to increase in the future making it vital for nurses to learn and adapt to the changes in care provision. For example, such technology has been used to monitor health conditions especially in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic and the trend will likely continue to the future.
Healthcare in recent years has experienced a surge in nth use of AI and robots to perform care-related operations. Ai and robotic technology are being used in operations such as predicting and monitoring epidemic outbreaks, medical research, disease diagnosis, clinical trials, and increase operational efficiency. AI is being bused to provide personalized care. In future nurses will use AI to provide personalized care and help nurses in monitoring epidemic outbreaks. For example, in 2020 drones have been used to help care providers and authorities to monitor the Covid-19 situation in developed countries. AI will change the way healthcare providers interact with and provide care to patients.
The current trends in healthcare will significantly impact the nursing profession in the future. The fact is the above-mentioned trends are just a few and their impact will be felt from nursing education all the way to practice. Nursing education will approach a dynamic approach to make sure that the learning institution produces registered nurses who are qualified and well equated with knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver quality care. Training and education of nurses will be done more regularly. However, the nursing profession will likely face a challenge from technology in the future as most of the services that nurses provide can now be achieved through artificial intelligence and robots (Vogenberg & Santilli, 2019).
The future of nursing is dependent on current trends. As the field continues to experiences changes, the diffusion of positive changes and addressing the current challenges is vital to the future of nursing and healthcare in general. Challenges such as nursing shortage improved working conditions, and education of nurses are continually being addressed to help improve the nursing status. One area of considerations in the future for nursing is the acknowledgment of technology in the provision of care. Technology use in healthcare is inevitable, and nurses have to learn how to coexist and use technology as it will have both positive and negative impact on the nursing profession in general in the future.
Vogenberg, F. R., & Santilli, J. (2019). Key Trends in Healthcare for 2020 and Beyond. American Health & Drug Benefits, 12(7), 348.
Mataxen, P. A., & Webb, L. D. (2019). Telehealth nursing: More than just a phone call. Nursing2019, 49(4), 11-13.
Catalano, J. T. (2019). Nursing Now: Today’s Issues, Tomorrows Trends. FA Davis.