What are you most excited about when you think of the future of nursing?
Diana DeFelice: I have wanted to be a nurse since 1st grade, and since I had five brothers growing up, I felt like I had great experience from an early age.
Robbi Hutton: I am excited for the evolving opportunities that create more nursing specialties and lead more nurses in roles where they will flourish, thus facilitating them to work they enjoy and feel fulfilled doing. This will, in turn, increase the allure and respect of professional nursing as a career. Working as a Clinical Specialist is the perfect example of how this is happening.
Angelette Andretsos: I am excited for our future nurses because they have so much technology to help them spend more time at the bedside and less time with manual tasks. Gone are the days of sitting at the desk charting numbers or fiddling with device settings. Now, we have integration of devices to EHRs, efficient workflows such as sequenced blood pressures and OxyCRG, optimized alarms w/ alerts that output to phones or Vocera, smart lead technology with ECG and Resp leads, and SPO2 averaging. These are just a few of the things our devices offer to nurses to decrease their workflow and increase meaningful time with the patient.
Amy Saunders: Today, nursing as a profession is consumed with the fallout of the pandemic. The workforce is physically and emotionally decimated by the horrific conditions imposed by COVID-19. Our clinical and service teams at Mindray were in the field from the early days of lockdown and witnessed the horror of helplessness as hospitals were overwhelmed and resources depleted. However, excitement will prevail when the dust settles, and the air clears. It always does because nurses look for opportunities to turn data into information and knowledge and, ultimately, wisdom. We grow as a profession because of our experiences. I think about new nurses who started careers during the pandemic, and I hope they will never again face anything close to that nightmare. The teamwork, fox-hole mentality, and creative innovations that grew out of desperation will serve our profession well and eventually generate excitement for the future. I hope to see nurses continue to insist on practicing at the top of their licenses, whether in direct care, leadership positions, or support roles. I have never been prouder or more committed to being part of the nursing profession.
Diana DeFelice: Nursing has grown tremendously for the past 30-something years that I have been in practice, so I am super excited for the future of nursing. The sky is the limit!
Hope Hodges: I think nursing has such an exciting future ahead! The industry is evolving at a rapid rate allowing more avenues to showcase different nursing paths. I think it’s exciting to still be able to impact clinical practice in other ways besides traditional roles.
Austin Mlynarchek: The more respect nurses will have as business leaders. Nurses are with patients more than anyone in a healthcare facility. Who better to drive improvements and make hospital-wide decisions?
Gary Dean: I am most excited about technology that relieves the ever-increasing pressure on staff.
Anthony Catanzaro: The role of the professional nurse expands on a daily basis. I am encouraged to see how the medical profession is recognizing how crucial nursing is in the scope of patient outcomes.
Julie-Ann Campanella: Technology is ever-changing and improving. I am excited and proud to work for a company that is constantly evolving and looking to work collaboratively with our customers to provide solutions for patient monitoring. I am appreciative to work for a company that is constantly improving its products so that we can make a difference in the life and well-being of patients.