The Evolution of Nursing


In today’s healthcare world, nurses are dealing with patients in ways they never have before.  The traditional expectations of nurses are evolving to include more multifaceted responsibilities, requiring them to have a keen awareness of the complete healthcare landscape, secure higher-level education, and acquire new skills sets to perform in cross-functional environments.

This evolution of the nursing industry is detailed in a recent Huffington Post article entitled, “Beyond the Bedside: The Changing Role of Today’s Nurses,” authored by Capella University’s provost, Charles Tiffin, Ph.D.

Tiffin discusses the ever-expanding roles of nurses as they are now becoming integral components to essential healthcare practices, such as: assisting with the implementation of new healthcare technologies, taking active roles in healthcare research and policy development, coordinating complex patient treatment plans, serving a more diverse patient population in America and much more.

As a healthcare staffing partner, Supplemental Health Care has observed the changes in nursing first hand at healthcare facilities nationwide. More extensive patient treatments, staff shortages, pending regulations and healthcare costs are only a few factors that have incited a growing need for professional expansion and innovation throughout the nursing workforce.

While there are many unanswered questions about the future of healthcare, we can be confident in the role that nurses will have in maintaining an unwavering commitment to quality healthcare delivery for patients.

Article: “Beyond the Bedside: The Changing Role of Today’s Nurse”

What are your thoughts on the new role of today’s nurse? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. 



My primary concern would be that the training and education is evolving to reflect the higher demands and responsibilities. The trend over the past few years seems to be noe of doctors transferring more of their responsibility to others, be it nurses, PAs, or whatever. Guess I'm old fashioned, but I still prefer my doctor to be active in my healthcare and not just an overseer. As for nurses, I'm all for them stepping into a greater role, especially RNs and those who have attained a bachelors degree and above. -

April 5, 2012

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