Share Top 16 Nursing Trends That Will Shape Healthcare in 2020By Team Altus | Published Jan 16, 2020 | 15 MIN READ According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 20.7 million nurses worldwide. Yet that number is still not high enough. There is a global shortage of nurses and 18 million more jobs are needed to be filled by 2030 in order to meet the requirements of universal healthcare for everyone. As the nurse shortage grows steeper and the health care landscape continues to change, nurses and their leaders should be attentive to the trends that are changing the industry. Read on to learn 20 nursing trends we expect to see in 2020 and beyond. Trend #1: Self-Care for Nurses Nurses are trained caregivers, yet they sometimes forget about themselves. Self-care is a deliberate activity that we do to provide for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Lack of self-care can lead to errors, fatigue, and burnout, which comes at a high cost to patients, nurses and the healthcare organization. 2020 Is the year for nurses to make self-care a top priority. As more and more research and data come out about the physical and mental strain of nursing, healthcare leaders around the world are taking initiative to acknowledge and treat self-care as an actual responsibility. Self-care can look different for every nurse. A self-care plan should be specific, measurable, achievable, action-oriented, and time-sensitive. Trend #2: Increased Specialization and Career Path OptionsHealthcare needs are becoming increasingly complex. As a result, the scope of specializations that nurses are able to practice is widening. A nurse who specializes is in higher demand than the lower ones. As the world continues to grow, and more research and technological advancements come out, nurse career path options become endless. Trend #3: Traveling Nurses As time goes on, more parts of the world become alike and nursing has become an increasingly travel-friendly profession. Nurses who enjoy adapting to different work environments and traveling to new places while taking care of people are on the rise. 2020 will bring a steady increase in travel nursing opportunities. Trend #4: The rise of Telehealth and Chatbot Services To aid with nurse task automation and easier access to patient care, new telehealth and chatbot technologies have become increasingly more popular. Telehealth technology allows patients to access their documents and doctors from home, giving them more control of their own health care. Online portals can be filled with test results, prescription refill requests, and appointments. Doctors or nurses can be accessed via virtual appointments, saving both patients and clinicians valuable time. Similarly, chatbot services have been introduced to give patients more ownership. Patients can schedule appointments, set reminders for medication administration and search for specialists in their area. Trend #5: Nurses are retiring later Good for the nursing shortage, bad for limited opportunities mainly to hospital settings. Older nurses tend to stray away from non-hospital environments. Trend #6: Online nursing education programs will become more popular Because of the demand for nursing, there is high job security in the profession and a high need for further education. More colleges and universities are providing online education programs, specifically in nursing. An online education provides a way for nurses to obtain a degree while working full-time and provide a way for nurses to access higher education set at their own schedule. Trend #7: Increasing need for nursing educators The nursing faculty $20,000-$30,000 pay gap compared to practicing nurses has led to more nurses practicing rather than teaching. Nurses are opting for career paths that promise higher paying salaries in hospitals, corporations and the military. Education programs will need to implement a strategic plan to incentivize nurses to teach the future generation of nurses. Trend #8: Increasing need for doctoral education programs With the physician shortage, there is a need for more direct providers. Nurses are entering the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to fill some of that void and are expected to continue to grow in 2020. Trend #9: Salaries and benefits will need to increase Because of the global shortage of nurses, employers want to learn what nurses value and what keeps them satisfied. Salaries and benefits will continue to increase in order for employers to retain employees and attract potential candidates. Trend #10: Bilingual nurses will be in more demand Specifically, in the U.S., bilingualism is becoming increasingly valued. More than 350 languages are spoken across the states. Nurses who speak a second language, especially Spanish, are increasingly in demand in 2020. Trend #11: Males entering the nurse workforce will rise In 2011 in the U.S., 1 in 10 nurses were men. This was a 660% increase in the total number of men since 1981. With the global shortage of nurses, health care organizations will continue to focus on recruiting men to the field in 2020 and beyond. Trend #12: Holistic Care will become more popular As patients become more educated, they become more in charge of their health. This has resulted in a growing demand for nurses who provide holistic services. Educated nurses who are trained in providing care and managing health procedures are an ideal candidate for providing holistic services to patients. Trend #13: Nurses will need to be technology savvy Every day new health care technologies enter the market. Nurses are required to adapt to these technologies in order to improve patient care. Technology is introduced to reduce administration time, increase accuracy all keeping clinician satisfaction and the patient experience in mind. Nurses are expected to use computer technology to document and obtain patient information, and even look up treatment options when necessary. Intuitive workstation on wheels are becoming increasingly more popular. Trend #14: the first-ever State of the World's Nursing report which will be launched in April 2020 The report will provide an overview of the world's nursing workforce. The report will come loads of telling information such as the number of nurses, types of nurses, education, practice, leadership, work environment, and gender issues. Challenges will be known, and future reports can prove the progress WHO is hoping for. Trend #15: Value-based care is the new model The goal of value-based care is to improve health outcomes at a lower cost. The patient experience and what they value is at the forefront. Because of this, facility resources are allocated to the health outcomes delivered by the system. Quality, safety, and patient experience will greatly be taken into consideration while making decisions. Trend #16: Patients will become more educated In 2020, now more than ever are patients more educated about their health. Patients know the importance of a good diet and exercise. They have the world wide web at their fingertips and day in and day out hear from pharmaceutical companies on which medications could work for them. Nurses are faced with the challenge of being able to take this information and communicate with more educated patients. Facts and Figures By 2030, the world needs 18 million more healthcare workers to meet the requirements of universal health coverage. 9 million of healthcare workers needed by 2030 are nurses and midwives. 2020 is designated the year of the nurse by WHO. Not only will nurses be celebrated for their work, but WHO will work with local governments to invest in their nurses through education, training and work environment. Globally, 70% of healthcare and social workers are women. 2020 marks the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, a British woman who shaped the nursing profession. In her career, she changed the way nurses were educated and how society viewed the nursing profession. Mid-2020, the first-ever State of the World's Nursing Report put together by WHO will be released. In 2020, nursing positions will become more attractive and patient experience will play a big role in decision making Although rewarding, nursing can be a labor-intensive and stressful job with many challenges. It’s going to take the world to come together to address these issues. Being the Year of the Nurse, more light will be shed on common issues being faced by nurses. Many initiatives are already in place to make nursing professions more attractive to qualified nurses. Similarly, patient satisfaction will also play a role in 2020 decisions. Payment and delivery models are now based on value and not volume in order to benefit the patient. Health care providers are pressured to make decisions around the patient experience in order to maintain their public patient experience scores. This decade is going to change the landscape of not only nursing but the healthcare industry as a whole.