With another year in the books, 2022 brought on just as much turmoil as the previous years delivered. The roles of nurses have been gradually making the necessary changes in order to see a more potent and confident future in a position so demanding and vital. With talks of nursing shortages, a recession and an accumulating amount of stress and burnout in the workplace, seeing what’s to come in nursing for 2023 is going to be quite interesting.
The most fascinating parts are going to be in relation to rapid advancements in technology and how much more travel nurses are going to be necessary for the workplace. Yet, on the more intriguing side, is how the healthcare industry is going to advance their demand and pay, safety protocols, work schedules, and the mental and physical well-being of nurses all over the country. With the pandemic still trickling itself into hospitals, health issues arising in patients – especially the elderly – and healthcare workers, we are hopeful for a more well-rounded conclusion and solution in 2023.
What Nursing Trends Are Expected in 2023?
More Mental Health Focus On Nurses
Probably one of the most crucial aspects of nursing today is mental health. With the pandemic taking a devastating toll on all healthcare workers and there not being much of a chance to come down from that. It’s burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue that should be at the forefront of nursing trends in 2023. While right now we are still in the “awareness” phases, it’s important for there to be a nudge – or better yet a shove – into something more. Especially when a survey by STAT News discovered that “95% said that their mental health was either not a priority for the health care industry or that it was a priority but there were inadequate measures in place to support it.”
As of right now, the resources and tools seem to be online based with the American Holistic Nurses Association, American Nurses Association (ANA), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness all having online sources. However, we will be hearing frequently more about online therapy, including group support, as well as how meditation, journaling, exercising, sleep apps, and gratitude planning can all heavily benefit nurses throughout the year.
More Technology Savvy Nurses
Every year, advances in healthcare technology thrive, and new ways of doing almost anything could suddenly pop up. In saying this, it’s not only these processes we must adapt to, but the updated versions of technology and how they work. Therefore, nurses who are more equipped in handling technology and 100% comfortable with electronic devices are more in demand. So far, the type of technology looking to come forth in 2023 has included telehealth, the use of artificial intelligence, remote patient monitoring, wearable medical devices for patients, online services like portals, medical device carts, asset tracking, robotics and even virtual, augmented and mixed reality.
More Flexibility In Remote Work
Remote work is not something you hear about every day in nursing, but it is a part of the flexibility that is coming for nurses in 2023. Telehealth – explained as letting “your health care provider provide care for you without an in-person office visit.” – has been building over the last decade and due to the pandemic, is here to stay. But how can nurses utilize telehealth? Well, they will be able to monitor patients remotely and track patients’ health information like vital signs, heart rate or blood pressure all from the comfort of their homes. This can be expanded into pre or post-surgical checkups, to discuss treatments occurring or even aid in speech and physical therapy.
More Men Becoming Nurses
The American Organization for Nursing Leadership states that from “1960 to 2020 men in nursing increased from 2% to 13% of all U.S. nurses.” Although that is an excellent move in the promising direction, the healthcare industry is nevertheless hoping and requiring more male nurses to jump on board. It seems to be the stigma against male nurses that keeps them out of the industry, with around 85% of nurses being female. Today, with a strong demand for more male nurses, those entering into the medical field are veering more towards registered nursing or are elevating their current healthcare career (I.e. paramedic) to advance to a nursing position. If you are a man thinking about entering the nursing field, 2023 will be your year to pursue it!
Demand For Travel Nurses Increasing
There has been much back and forth about the need for travel nurses. Yet, rolling into a new year, the demand is still looking to increase into 2023. Many hospitals and facilities are finding it difficult to fill in their registered nurse, or permanent, positions. Though, with many folding over a new leaf or stepping out of nursing altogether, travel nurses will be the best fit for the job. Contracts being around 13 weeks and allowing the possibility of either looking to extend the contract, working in a new area altogether, or taking a short break to recharge and fend off burnout symptoms, shows the travel nursing path to be one many are beginning to follow. If you are looking for an increase in income, to expand your experience and skills as well as travel and meet amazing people, becoming a travel nurse in 2023 is going to absolutely work for you!
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In the hopes that 2023 will be slightly more tamed than the previous years, what’s looking to enter this next chapter is already brighter and more optimistic. A focus on nurses’ mental health, a rise in healthcare helping technology, more flexibility, male nurses taking on more roles and travel nurses continuing to be in demand. We should be excited about what’s to come in 2023! If you’d like to know how to elevate your nursing path and more about becoming a travel nurse, please click here!