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Website spotlight: Top 5 challenges facing nursing in 2012

Nurse Leader Insider, November 21, 2011

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The holiday decorations are going up in my neighborhood, Thanksgiving is next week, and my mind has already turned to end-of-year activities and planning for what's in store in 2012. With these things on my mind, I thought I'd turn to the annual retrospective/prediction column a little early this year.

2010 may have been the year when enormous healthcare changes began, but 2011 was the year these changes hit nursing. In addition, the Institute of Medicine's landmark Future of Nursing report was released at the end of 2010 and much of this year has been spent digesting its recommendations and searching for ways to put them into practice.

At last month's Nursing Management Congress I realized that the full ramifications of value-based purchasing have hit home in nursing and have trickled down to the unit level. It's no longer something that is only happening at the administration level and that only concerns nurse executives. Now every nurse leader and manager is actively planning for its impact.

Here's a quick rundown of the most pressing issues right now and into 2012:

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