I don't see the requirement for entry level practice increasing to BSN, I'm sorry. The PTB have talked that move up for years, and it hasn't moved any closer. Now, I do think that we will see more BSN/MSN impact on clinical ladders, etc. I do think that the DNP will become a standard for advanced practice, and that as healthcare reform evolves, we will see more mid-level practitioners taking on more and more of physician functions.
From a professional development standpoint, I think we will continue to see a move toward evidence based care and shorter hospital stays, more home and community based care (read: home health and perinatal homevisit programs) to cut costs of care, so I think we'll be doing more of those types of education programs as well as keeping the medical-legal focus in the facility.
Lastly, Healthcare is big business. Costs are going to have to be cut, and staffing will be on the list. Flex time (I've already seen programs for RNs in our facility for 48hr weeks 42 weeks a year, summers with planned lay off) and low census aren't going away, but going to be more pronounced, I think. Also, the market will become more competitive, because media are still selling the story that nursing is the recession proof profession. And, as we see on this board all the time, it just isn't.