Wednesday, May 31, 2017

8 Major emerging trends that is going to change the shape of nursing care

When we think about First and Second World War, we still can hear the pain of innocents, the misery of those soldiers who were compelled to drink the poison of war. There was another battle going on outside battlefields and those streets of horror- where nurses were main warriors. They continuously were fighting their battle against the horror of world wars with only one objective in mind- saving as many human lives as possible. With minimal infrastructure and constant bombarding around them, they firmly stood at their positions and fought their battle of humanity.
Now the time has changed, but value and respect for nursing as a profession is still the same. With continuous advancement in medical technology, the field of nursing is now stronger than ever before. And this advancement is never ending. The upcoming years are going to see some outstanding transformation in nursing care. 

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Remote patient monitoring
RPM or Remote patient monitoring is a technology through which it is possible to monitor patients even outside the conventional clinical setting. Therefore, this technology will help to keep track of patients’ body weight, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, blood sugar, electrocardiogram, heart rate, etc. even after they will be discharged from the hospital. This will help nursing professionals to provide better care to their patients.
Change in demography
In near future, there are going be some major changes in the demographical structure of the nursing profession. According to the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (by HRSA, the US government), present nursing professionals are more educated, technologically skilled and professionally experienced than what it was earlier. And the number is only going to get better with time. Besides, the number of male nurses is also rapidly rising with time. 
Wearable technology
In order to get reports through remote patient monitoring, nursing professionals also have to be outfitted with necessary wearable technologies. Nurse practitioners would have to wear respective technology device that can help them to collect data through remote patient monitoring and assess health condition of their patients.
New nursing specialities
The constant advancement in genetic study and stem cell technology research is also putting an impact on the field of nursing profession. As the current healthcare market nature reflects, nursing practitioners who are specifically trained with genetic study and/or have specialized training in stem cell technology will be in high demand in near future. If nurses are also going to be specialized in these crucial areas, then it will be a great leap for medical science to proceed towards learning the causes behind critical diseases and find out solutions for those.
Robot Nurses
Many of us have seen pictures on the internet where a robot is holding patient or providing nursing care. This idea of using a robot for nursing services has created some major misconceptions among people. Many people think robots are about to replace nurses in near future, therefore future of the whole nursing profession is unsure. This is completely wrong. In providing nursing care, robots will be utilized for better nursing assistance- not to replace the nursing practitioners. For example, in Japan, they have developed a robot who provides assistance in lifting up and moving a patient from bed to wheelchair. This will help to reduce the risk of lifting injuries.
Intelligent alarms
Smart alarm or intelligent alarm is the new technology in nursing care that can keep the nursing professionals aware of the current health situation of their patients. Through these alarms, they can be notified if any patient is in critical condition and needs an urgent intervention.
Alternative care nurse
The practice of alternative healthcare is continuously growing across the world. Nursing professionals in recent days are very much skilled and have proper training. But with the rise of demand in holistic or alternative medicine, nurses are also going to get proper training in providing alternative therapies. A recent article (January 2017) published by Indian Journal of Palliative Care came out with a fact that most of the nursing professionals in the field of allopathic medicine are not very much aware of holistic medical care approach. But the excessive demand for alternative healthcare treatment is the main reason that the scenario is going to change very soon. Along with the mainstream healthcare, nurses will also be expected to have knowledge about alternative, herbal and other complementary forms of therapeutic intervention.
The list does not end here, rather it is just the beginning. As we can see, the world of nursing care is going to going to get a new shape within next few years. And this improvement in the nursing sector is gradually going to help the overall healthcare industry to achieve better growth. What is your opinion is about these emerging trends in nursing care and its impacts? Share your thoughts with us!



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