As technology continues to improve, nurses will find themselves working more efficiently. They’ll be able to connect with one another in new ways, access information faster and more readily, and be able to provide patient care at a much higher level than ever before.
Let’s start by looking at the way that technology is changing the way nurses work. Today, healthcare organizations are increasingly adopting electronic medical records (EMRs) as their primary means of documentation. This has allowed them to streamline processes while also improving patient safety measures and reducing paperwork-related errors. In fact, according to The Advisory Board Company’s 2018 Nursing Outlook Report: “The most significant change over the past five years has been an increased focus on teamwork and collaboration among providers.” EMRs have led directly towards this trend because they allow for better communication between nurses in different roles across an entire hospital facility or health system via shared documents or databases of information about patients’ allergies or medications taken prior—all accessible by anyone using that particular document system so long as they have permission from someone else who does have permission (typically through a login name/password combination).
The Nursing Shortage Will Continue to Grow
The nursing shortage is expected to continue growing into the future. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States will need 1.1 million more nurses by 2022 than are currently employed in the field.
This growth is part of a global phenomenon: according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), over half of all countries face shortages in their health-care workforce, with an estimated 114 million people lacking access to health care because there aren’t enough medical professionals available. With global populations aging and rising numbers of people living with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, demand for care is increasing rapidly alongside supply—meaning that as more patients require treatment for these conditions, there will be less time available for doctors or nurses who can treat them if they’re already overwhelmed by other responsibilities or tasks they need complete before leaving work each day.”
Nurses Must Embrace Innovation and Change to Stay Relevant in the Workplace
Nurses must embrace innovation and change to stay relevant in the workplace. Nurses will continue to adapt their roles as new technologies emerge and change the way we work. The future of nursing requires nurses who are able to adapt, learn new skills, and develop new competencies. Nurses with an entrepreneurial spirit will thrive in this environment because they’re comfortable with taking risks and embracing uncertainty.
Nurses should be prepared for a world where everything is different than what we know today—from how patients receive care, to how physicians interact with patients, to how patients communicate with each other about their health conditions or healthcare experiences. It is essential that nurses understand these changes so that they can provide quality care for people at all stages of life (elderly adults), across geographic regions (rural areas), or during times of crisis (natural disasters).
The future of nursing is bright!
The future of nursing is extremely bright. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2022, there will be approximately 3.2 million registered nurses employed in the United States. As our nation continues to age and healthcare costs continue to rise, demand for these professionals will only increase.
In addition to an increased need for nurses, technological innovation is also playing a role in shaping how they practice their profession today and tomorrow. The advent of wearable devices has enabled patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma to monitor their own health data and share it with their doctors remotely—allowing them to make more informed decisions about treatment options while providing additional support during times when they may need additional assistance managing their condition at home or on vacation (for example). Similarly, telehealth technology enables patients who are unable to visit a clinic during regular hours due to work schedules or other commitments have access clinical expertise when needed most—whether that’s after hours or even overseas via video call!
As the world becomes more connected through technology like this one day soon everyone will be able “see” inside hospitals across America 24/7 so that no matter where we live there’s always someone nearby who cares about our wellbeing – even if we don’t know each other yet…