Two Nursing Chiefs Forecast Trends for the Profession in the Year Ahead

Side effects of the nursing shortage… Advances Virtual Simulation and technology… the explosion of travel nursing… a major shift in care models. These are just a few of the trends in nursing two veterans of the profession explore with Regis College Assistant Nursing Professor Lawana Brown.

Anne Dabrow Woods head shotAnne Dabrow Woods DNP ANP AGACNP FAAN is Chief Nurse in the Health, Learning, Research and Practice at Wolters Kluwer, the global technology firm. She has worked as a nurse practitioner for decades and continues to practice at Penn Medicine/Chester County Hospital. Woods is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University.

Earl Dalton head shotEarl Dalton is Chief Nursing Officer at Health Carousel, a Cincinnati-based healthcare talent/workforce management firm. Dalton spent a dozen years as Director of Critical Care and Emergency Services at Duke University Health System.

Despite the stress of nursing shortages amplified by the pandemic, Dalton believes there is an incredible opportunity for those considering the profession. “I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to come out of a nursing program.” he says. “I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to think and consider nursing as your profession. Right now, the value of a nurse has never been greater.”

Dabrow Woods and Dalton’s top ten trends in nursing were highlighted in “Nursing and Healthcare Trends We Can Expect to See in 2022,” published in Nurse Journal.