Upcoming trends in the nursing industry


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The article “Upcoming Trends in the Nursing Industry” talks about the growing demand for nurses and the consequent trends that the nursing industry is going through. The article also briefs about a few preferred nursing degree programs which can help you kick start a career in nursing.

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Upcoming trends in the nursing industry

  1. 1. Upcoming Trends in the Nursing IndustryIf you are thinking of nursing as a career, there’s no better time than now to make an entry into thisprofession. There’s a growing demand for nurses, not just in the United States but all over the world. Forthose who love to travel, nursing opportunities could even await you in exotic locations.On the home front, it is estimated that the need for nurses can only be adequately met if there is a 90percent increase in the number of students enrolled for nursing programs, according to the AmericanAssociation of Colleges of Nursing.* Because of this, nurses entering the field today should have a widerrange of specialized options to choose from. A shortage of nurses also means you might find yourselfadvancing more quickly in your career than you anticipated.As jobs in other fields become harder to find, more men are also expected to enter the nursing field. The“female nurse” stereotype is being gradually dispelled as men, too, are making a mark in what was onceconsidered to be a profession dominated by women.Drawn to a career which holds job security despite a troubled economy, both men and women can lookforward to a rewarding career in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy: The employmentdemand for nurses is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2018, resulting in 581,500 new jobs.**To meet the growing need for qualified nurses, many colleges offer online and campus-based curriculumsthat combine classroom theory with training in a variety of real-life settings. Courses offered in nursinginclude an associate’s degree in nursing education, bachelor’s degree in nursing administration, and amaster’s in nursing administration, to name a few.Having nursing skills doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work in a hospital environment. Many nursestake up jobs as case managers for managed care companies or work as research assistants forpharmaceutical companies. Opportunities are also open for travel nurses, forensic nurses, surgicalnurses, legal nurse consultants, or for educators in nursing schools. If you have a natural aptitude forcaring for and serving others, an exciting career in nursing could await you.* Rosseter, Robert J. “Nursing Shortage Fact Sheet.” American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Sept2009. lchc.org/research/documents/NrsgShortageFS.pdf**U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Registered Nurses.” Occupational OutlookHandbook 2010-2011. bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm