The start of a new year is magical. We are forced to reflect on what we have accomplished, and what potential awaits us in the new year. As we consider the future of nursing, there is already a great deal of compassion, energy, and foundational work in place – at a global scale, no less – that leaves us well positioned to realize the full impact and value of the profession in the decade that lies ahead.
Welcome to 2020: The Year of the Nurse, a designation given by the World Health Organization to honor the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. As a nurse for many years, and currently the Chief Nurse Executive for Kronos, it is an honor for me to celebrate alongside leading international voices in healthcare – influencers who play a critical part in expanding the awareness and understanding of the nursing profession, particularly amid a rising tide of substantive staffing changes.
In late December Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wrote a letter to nurses and midwives published on calling on us to recognize and celebrate the work of nursing. Kate Middleton has been influential in her leadership and promotion of Nursing Now Campaign, which began in 2018.
Nursing Administration Quarterly published this edition, “ALWAYS A NURSE,” to celebrate nurses in a variety of positions. The education, skills, compassion, health and illness knowledge, and expertise in communication offers nurses vast opportunities to create substantial impact in sectors not traditionally considered to require nursing expertise.
A committee under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is extending the vision for nursing into 2030. This committee will review the lessons learned from the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action (The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health) and current healthcare state. Their focus will be to assess the capacity of the nursing profession to meet the anticipated health and social demands for U.S. healthcare from 2020-2030. The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 A consensus Study from the Academy of Medicine.
As we move now into 2020 – the Year of the Nurse – and consider our work for the next decade, what directional impact will Kronos have for and with nurses?
There are currently 4 million registered nurses in the U.S., making this the nation’s largest group of healthcare professionals – and the need for nurses continues to grow.
Projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ,12% growth from 2018-2028, which is faster than the average for all professions. As the workforce evolves, and healthcare organizations that can establish themselves as an employer of choice among nursing talent will have an easier time maintaining ideal staffing levels and delivering high quality of care.
At Kronos, we are innovating alongside national and global trends to develop impactful technologies that will engage, empower, and inspire nurses and healthcare staff to deliver the best patient care possible. There are more than 20 nurses that work across our organization and, as a team of leaders, we are committed to a regular cadence of collaborative work and innovation.
We are committed to:
- Creating innovative mobile technology that provides real time visibility to schedules, staff assignments and timecard approvals supporting work/life balance.
- Driving innovation with artificial intelligence, aligning professional judgement with predictive capabilities in complex care environments.
- Driving efficiencies in time and attendance by alerting the nurse when a change is required on their timecard.
- Providing data that enables real time decision making, trend forecasting, and identification of human resource metrics that demand action.
- Balancing workload assignments based on nurse competencies, experience and continuity of care needs.
- Automates process of staff assignments based on competencies, knowledge and skills to assure that the right nurse is assigned to an individual patient.
This year will provide for Kronos and for our profession a glimpse into the expertise, impact, and vitality that we as nurses embody. 2020 will ignite this energy as we consider the impact that is possible and necessary to best care for patients and their families in a new decade.