Eight in 10 nurses agree that healthcare professionals besides physicians are playing a larger role in patient care management, according to a recent survey of over 500 registered nurses and administrative staff from University of Phoenix. 

“Our nurses play a pivotal role in getting patients back to health in an increasingly demanding environment,” said Dr. Lisa Radesi, academic dean for the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix. “As the healthcare industry continues to evolve to support an aging population, advanced technologies and a multifaceted insurance system, we must recognize the demanding work our nurses do and prepare them to be successful in this complex environment.”

About a third of RNs (36 percent) say they will see an increased role in focusing on the emotional well-being of patients.

As opportunities continue to increase in the profession, RNs note that their facilities should focus on preparing healthcare professionals with greater leadership skills (87 percent), according to the survey.