The World Health Organization says that close to 6 million more nurses will be needed by 2030, and the world needs to act now to prevent a shortage of nurses. The greatest need will be in poorer nations, but more economically advanced countries also will face shortages.
The proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule for Medicare calls for making permanent some telehealth rules created for the novel coronavirus pandemic, along with workforce flexibilities such as allowing nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and other providers to supervise those performing diagnostic tests. The CMS said the provisions would help ensure "health care professionals can practice at the top of their professional training."
Nurses report lower levels of burnout and higher satisfaction with EHRs than physicians, according to a KLAS report, which identified EHR training, a focus on nursing care and care settings as important predictors of nurse satisfaction. However, numerous tools need optimization, including navigation, notes, flow sheets and work lists, and improved discharge, patient education, medication administration records and orders are needed to improve satisfaction, the research found.
Illinois nursing school officials say interest in nursing programs is high and programs are filling up for the fall. Jennifer O'Connor, dean of health sciences at Heartland Community College, said a difficult job market overall and the sense that nursing has employment stability and a good income are factors.
Nurses and nursing students at the Southern Illinois University School of Nursing are part of an outreach program aimed at bringing free COVID-19 testing to communities through the Madison County Mobile Testing program. Valerie Griffin, a doctor of nursing practice with SIU's School of Nursing, said the program is a "wonderful interdisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration" that gives students training in COVID-19 education and clinical experience in underserved and rural health areas.
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up opportunities for nurses with disabilities, according to the American Nurses Association's career-focused journal American Nurse. The feature includes accounts from disabled nurses, including Andrea Dalzell, who said: "It took a pandemic to get me on a floor."
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