2022 Healthcare Predictions and Trends

It has been another challenging year for the world’s healthcare workers. COVID-19 has compounded the emotional, physical, and mental strain on nurses who were already reporting burnout. The cracks are beginning to show: Healthcare workers are now retiring at a faster rate than anticipated, while demand for them is set to increase in coming years.

However, new technology is coming to the rescue for clinicians everywhere. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Telehealth, and precision medicine technologies are three main players to watch in the healthcare world in 2022 and beyond.

Prediction #1: AI Will Help Reduce Clinician Burnout

Artificial intelligence is going to be a game-changer in 2022. AI works by gathering and analyzing data and churning out actionable insights to lighten the workload of doctors and nurses. For example, AI-enhanced software can help reduce the steps involved in imaging a patient by quickly identifying abnormalities in a scan. It can even ease the administrative burden on charge nurses by managing the flow of patients to an emergency room. This frees up clinicians to focus on their core mission: treating and caring for their patients.

Read more: https://www.healthitanswers.net/big-data-analytics-and-ai-could-take-center-stage-in-2022/

 

Prediction #2: Telehealth Will Continue to Help More Patients Get Treated

Regardless of what happens with the pandemic this year, the shift to virtual care and care-at-home will continue to accelerate. Beyond telehealth visits, 2022 will see increased adoption of hospital-at-home and remote patient management because healthcare providers have seen how feasible it is, not to mention the cost savings. Most importantly, patients prefer  to be at home instead of a hospital and all stakeholders are realizing that optimal outcomes can be achieved outside of a medical facility. In addition, telehealth allows healthcare workers to treat patients who may be in rural areas where the nearest hospital is over 50 miles away, as well as immunocompromised people who do not feel safe in clinic or hospital waiting rooms due to risk of infection.

Read more: https://blog.memd.me/2022-telehealth-outlook-virtual-care/

Prediction #3: Precision Medicine Will Revolutionize Healthcare Delivery

For decades, treatment for several diseases and genetic disorders was a one-size-fits-all process. In the case of cancer, patients underwent surgery to remove a tumor, and then endured several rounds of chemotherapy or radiation to kill cancer cells. But nowadays,  it is almost unthinkable to treat cancer patients without accounting for their individual genes and specific disease. That is why nearly all cancer drugs that are currently in development have tests that allow clinicians to quickly diagnose if a tumor has a specific genetic change or biomarker that is targeted by the drug. Thanks to technological advances, especially within genomics, clinicians will increasingly harness precision medicine in 2022 to treat diseases and disorders based on an individual’s genetic fingerprint, environment, and lifestyle. The solutions currently in development are expected to radically change care delivery models and improve outcomes for generations to come.

Read more: https://baptisthealth.net/baptist-health-news/the-promise-of-precision-medicine-means-hope-for-cancer-patients/

Finding Financial Freedom Through Travel Nursing

While travel nursing is a career with many benefits, it is often very busy and can leave clinicians with little down-time. As a result, travel RNs often find themselves scrambling when it comes to finding time to manage their personal finances or think about long-term financial stability. As precious as free time is, it’s important for travel nurses to take time to focus on their finances. To help, we’ve consulted with Andrew N., a travel nurse with Premier Medical Staffing Services,  about how he was able to achieve his money goals.

How to Achieve Financial Freedom Through Travel Nursing

What budgeting tips would you recommend to travel nurses who may want to save up for a large purchase, pay off loans, etc.?

First and foremost, anyone wanting financial freedom needs to set up a budget and stick to it. Travel Nursing just fast tracks that whole process. Also, paying off debt before increasing your savings or saving up for a large purchase should be your priority. Anytime you’re in debt you are losing money to the lender. Dave Ramsey’s steps to financial freedom are what I used to get started in the right direction. He helped create a budgeting app called EveryDollar that I used, and it’s incredibly easy.

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Tell us a little bit about how you were able to pay off your car and your student loans. How was travel nursing able to help you achieve that milestone?

Over the course of 6 months, I paid off $69K in loans between my student loans, and my truck I purchased in Jan ‘20. I maintained a small enough savings that I had a safety net if I needed it, made a budget for my monthly bills/entertainment money, and then the excess went to debt repayment. Travel Nursing really put me on the fast track to being debt free because I was able to allocate $3K/wk to rent payments. Using Dave Ramsey’s snowball technique, I paid off my smallest loans first while maintaining minimum payments on the larger loans. Each time I paid off a loan, all the money allocated towards that smaller loan got added on top of the minimum payment for the next smallest loan.

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What are other money goals you hope to achieve in your nursing career?

With the help of travel nursing, I’m working towards investing in ways to earn passive income. Currently I have two avenues of passive income I’m looking at. I am already invested into mining cryptocurrency, and I’m looking to buy some rental properties that I can rent out for monthly income. Lastly, I hired a financial advisor to help me save towards retirement. Under his direction, I’m hoping to be able to retire early.

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More resources to help you reach your financial goals while travel nursing:

Nursemoneytalk.com

Investopedia’s Ultimate Guide to Financial Literacy

Ramsey Solutions: How to Get Out of Debt With the Debt Snowball Plan

Skincare For Nurses

Nothing says “I work in nursing” quite like chapped hands from rigorous washing, dark circles from long overnight shifts, and let’s not forget about the occasional bout of “maskne” (mask acne). Skincare for nurses is especially important, and we sourced a few expert tips to help keep your skin happy and healthy both in and out of scrubs.

Your Skin and PPE

We’re all familiar with the skin imprints, breakouts, rashes, and bruising following the extended wear of multiple masks at a time. Hours of wearing PPE can exacerbate existing skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and acne. So, what can you do to prevent this?

  1. Apply a barrier cream to your face such as Vaseline before donning your PPE. This can help reduce friction.
  2. After your shift, apply a wound cream to soothe irritated skin.
  3. Make sure to use gentle washing solutions before and after wearing masks. Popular choices are: Cerave Hydrating Wash, Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and Neutrogena Hydroboost to prevent acne. RN Annie B. recommends using a face wipe before and after putting on masks so the skin stays clean and blemish-free.
  4. Do your best to avoid irritants such as powerful toners and astringents, as they can further irritate the skin.

Moisturizer is Your BFF

Many nurses suffer from dry, chapped, and even cracked hands from washing and using alcohol-laden sanitizers. This is why a good moisturizer is a nurse’s best friend and should a staple in your skincare routine.

Some nurse-recommended moisturizers include: CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream, and Udderly Smooth Hand Cream.

Skincare = Self-care

After 10-12 hours of caring for others, it is extremely important to carve out some time to care for yourself. Here are a few of our favorite ways to unwind and give our skin a much-needed refresh.

  1. Use an eye mask to help ease the intensity of dark undereye circles. Not only does this help hydrate the face, but the cooling sensation also helps you unwind after a long day. Do this before bed to give your eyes some
    well-deserved R&R.
  2. Mix some collagen powder into your morning smoothie to help promote soft, hydrated skin.
  3. Invest in silk pillowcases. Silk pillowcases are proven to help reduce drying and irritation of your skin and hair. While this may sound like a luxury indulgence, you can find some affordable silk pillowcases like this one, on Amazon for only $20!

The RV Life: Travel Nursing on the Road

It is often hard for travel nurses to feel a sense of home when they are always moving from place to place for contracts. Travel RNs Tess and Kyle Stecker transformed a 1994 RV into a home that can move wherever they find themselves for work. Now, they live by the motto “home is where we park it.” We talked to them about the RV life, how they got into travel nursing, and tips for first-time travelers.

What made you choose travel nursing?

What made us choose travel nursing was just the ability to travel and see new places while also working. We both haven’t really been to many other places besides Wisconsin, so to have the opportunity to travel more before we are ready to settle down is a dream come true.

What made you choose to live in an RV for your travel nursing jobs?

We have a dog and so we did some research on the cost difference between an RV vs places that accept pets in different states and we realized it would save us so much money. Also we liked the idea of always sleeping in our own bed, having all of our stuff with us at all time and being able to pick up and go whenever we need to.

What are some of the benefits of RV life?

Some benefits of living in an RV is that first you can make it basically like your home away from home. You have all your stuff with you at all times. You get to sleep in your own bed and don’t have to worry about having landlord. We have found that it is cheaper for our life. Living at campsites we have also met so many amazing people that have incredible stories.

How did you turn the RV into a home? Any tips/tricks for other travel nurses wanting to retrofit a van/RV to make their home?

The first thing we did before purchasing our RV was we went to camping world and looked at a couple different kinds of RVs to get a feel for what we wanted. Then we started looking online for some used ones because we knew we did not want to have to take a loan out for one. We did not have any experience with RVs or trailers so once we found the one we wanted we really did not inspect it as well as we should have. For our renovation we knew everything was going to have to get redone. It was a 1994 RV that had lots of water damage and things were very outdated. So we first drew up a sketch of what we wanted the floor plan to be and in the winter did lots of research on what kind of style and products we wanted to turn this RV into our little dream home on wheels.

Some tips for other travel nurses wanting to renovate an RV:

  1. Give yourself time.

Renovations can start out small but once you start going with a project it can turn into something much bigger. When we started renovating we gave ourselves 5 months to get our project done. We did lots of pre-planning during the winter when we couldn’t be outside renovating.

  1. Be flexible.

Things will not always go according to plan. Being flexible and having alternative plans when renovating will help alleviate some stress when you come across unexpected things in renovation.

  1. Do your research.

Like I said before, we knew nothing about RV’s or renovating before tackling this project. With the help of so many resources on Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest, we were able to get some good advice and tips for starting out.

 

What is your favorite place you have been in your RV?

We just started out traveling with the RV so we have not gone too many places yet, but some places we are excited to take to are Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, and Maine.

In your opinion, what is the best part of travel nursing?

Having the ability to work when we want to and taking off when we want. We have our contracts scheduled so we will always have off for Christmas and then we come home for the summer to spend time with family. Travel nursing as also given us so many opportunities to see places we might not have been able too if we didn’t start travel nursing.

What is any advice you would you give to a first-time travel nurse?

Be kind and friendly to full-time staff members. They know you are making more money than them, being kind and helping out on the unit when you aren’t busy will show that you care. Also ask questions! You typically get two days of orientation, which is not enough time to learn everything. Don’t just guess or act like you know something you don’t, just ask questions!

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A Guide to the Best Nursing Shoes

While a lot has changed in the nursing world over the years, one thing remains the same: the job still requires clinicians to be standing and/or walking for hours on end. Lots of nurses experience back and foot pain as a result of being on their feet for 12 hours at a time, which is why their choice in footwear can be crucial to getting them through their day. We have taken the guesswork out of picking out decent nursing shoes and selected a few pairs that are guaranteed to help you make it through your shift pain-free.

  1. On Cloudflow Sneakers

Swiss brand “On” prides themselves on their signature CloudTec technology that is designed to make the wearer feel as if they are walking on air, which is why they are so popular among nurses. They make a great everyday slip-on sneaker that is both trendy and highly comfortable. Many nurses prefer to add a little pop of color to their scrubs, and the color selection is great for customizing your sneaker to your favorite scrubs.

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On CloudFlow Sneakers

  1. Dansko Clogs

The clog has become a staple in many nurses’ wardrobes. These comfy Dansko clogs offer plenty of support and even mold to the wearer’s foot after broken in. The best part? You can pick and choose the patterns and designs of the shoe to fit your personality.

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Dansko Clogs

  1. Nurse Mates Dorin Shoe

There’s nothing more iconic than a white nursing shoe. The Dorin Shoe by Nurse Mates boasts a modern take on a classic style and is designed specifically for nurses. They have great lumbar and arch support while also being sleek enough to wear both in and out of scrubs.

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  1. Nike Air Zoom Pulse

Nike’s Air Zoom Pulse sneakers were built specifically with clinicians in mind. The outsole is designed to maintain good traction on wet or dry surfaces, which is key when navigating in a hospital setting. Not to mention that the slip-on style is just as easy to take on and off as a clog.

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Nike Air Zoom Pulse

  1. Clove Shoes

Cloves are well-loved in the healthcare community, and for good reason. Not only are they endlessly comfortable, but their secret weapon is how easy they are to keep clean. Cloves are best known for being fluid-resistant, which in the medical world, is a huge draw. This shoe has been heavily researched and tested by nurses, so you know it’s a good one.

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Clove Nursing Shoes

  1. Allbirds

Allbirds are a great all-around shoe for the nurse who loves keeping up with the latest trends. These shoes are actually made of wool and are super-light, making them a popular go-to nursing shoe.

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Allbirds

  1. Hoka One Arahi 4

Hoka is a brand that is commonly worn in the medical field and has been promoted for their ability to provide ultimate levels of comfort and support. These Hoka One Arahi 4 sneakers are ideal shoes for nurses due to their ability to provide great lumbar support and cushioning. They rose to popularity as nursing shoes because of their Meta-Rocker technology:” the U-shaped, or “rocker”-like midsole allows for smoother impacts and pace transitions.

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Hoka One Arahi 4

 

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