Infographic: Tomorrow’s Nurse

by Lindsay Wilcox

With more and more aging baby boomers needing healthcare and a looming nursing shortage, changes are on the horizon for nurses throughout the country.

The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions created an infographic illustrating some reasons for the shift, including new education requirements, an increase in home-based care, and changing technology standards.

Here are a few of USF’s findings:

Patients live longer than they used to, but many have chronic diseases

Projections show that the number of people 65 and older will increase 188 percent between 2010 and 2050. However, the population under 65 will grow only 22 percent in that time.

Unfortunately, four out of five older Americans suffer from multiple chronic medical conditions. And 60 percent of citizens 67+ have three or more chronic illnesses. Because of this, more nurses will be needed for in-home care and skilled in communicating with elderly patients.

Time-saving technology will be adapted more widely in facilities

Nurses who aren’t familiar with computerized physician order entries (CPOEs) must quickly get on board. CPOEs decrease medication errors by 55 percent. Additionally, option of these entries rose 167 percent in hospitals between 2008 and 2012.

Jobs are harder to find without a bachelor’s degree in nursing

The Institute of Health would like at least 80 percent of registered nurses to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2020. While that date is approaching quickly, only 55 percent of nurses currently meet that standard.

It is becoming more difficult for nurses with associate degrees to find jobs. Nearly 44 percent of healthcare facilities require a bachelor’s degree for nursing positions, and nearly 79 percent of hospitals prefer BSN graduates. Studies have also shown that hospitals with university graduate nurses have lower patient mortality rates. This may be one reason for a push toward higher education.

Learn more about what tomorrow’s nurse should expect in the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions infographic below!

About Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a healthcare writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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