A growing profession
Nursing leaders are facing numerous challenges that can trap value within a healthcare enterprise. Nursing is the nation’s largest healthcare profession and is expected to grow faster than the average of all occupations, and at least by 15%, by 2030.3
While the profession is growing—so is its talent gap. The nursing talent shortage indicates an inequitable distribution of the nursing workforce across the United States, representing an acute problem at the state level.
Nurses are under immense pressure
Nurses are burning out and it is costing the US health system between $9B to $14B annually. A noteworthy 35% of nurses reported burnout, which can have impact on quality, safety and healthcare system performance.4
Interestingly, nurses who perceived a high level of reliance for tasks reported more burnout. Technology applied to simple, low-value tasks can minimize the burden placed on nurses, and more nurses are open to it. The nursing workforce is evolving, trending toward a younger, more educated group of professionals eager to adopt digital ways of working, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic processing automation.
Technology can change the prognosis
Given the growing need for nurses, the rising shortage of talent and the increase in burnout, the future may look bleak for nursing—but technology can be the key to unlock value that is currently trapped in the enterprise.
In the near future, nurses could be using a variety of cutting-edge technologies to optimize workflow and enhance the patient experience throughout the day—helping patients rather than staring at computer screens. Some pioneers in the industry have already begun to use technology in myriad ways to eliminate wasted time, improve the patient experience and avail precious time for higher value activities.
A strong nursing workforce, enabled with the right technology tools to make their jobs easier and more rewarding, will contribute to more streamlined operations and better collaboration within the healthcare enterprise. The opportunity is there. It is time to start building your nursing workforce of the future.
1Vocera, National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare: The Business Case for Humanity in Healthcare; April 2018
2Accenture Analysis 2019 (using data from ONET, Bureau of Labor Statistics, & Accenture Strategy 2030 Healthcare Workforce Research)
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook: Registered Nurses; September 2019
4Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine; January to February 2018