Having a nursing career is one of the best jobs I have ever had. It is always changing, there is something new to learn everyday and there is always room for growth. I currently have a diploma in nursing that I recieved at a The Christ Hospital School of Nursing. I am currently working towards my BSN and then on to my MSN. There are many other degree options such as an Associates Degree in Nursing, Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing. As you can see there are many ways to advance your career and keep moving up. There are also many certifications you can recieve as a nurse especially if you are a specialty nurse. For example, a Pediatric nurse can recieve a CPN (Certified Pediatric Nurse) or CPEN (Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse) cerficiation. Many facilities will only hire those with a BSN or higher and some will even pay more with these degrees and certifications.
The job opportunities for nurses are endless, this is especially important due to high turn over rates because of working long and stressful shifts. This provides nurses with the opportunity to be able to get a job fairly easily, even if it isnt your dream job at the time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RN employment as of 2010 was 2,737,400 and is projected to be 3,449,300 in 2020 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2012). As you can see there is a high demand for nurses due to the increase in facilities, people living longer lives, more people involved in preventative care and so on. There is also a high demand for Advance practice nurses due to the shortage of Doctors. This is one of the reasons I am furthering my career form an RN to an Advances Practice Nurse.
“Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements, permitting a greater number of health problems to be treated; an increased emphasis on preventive care; and the large, aging baby boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2012). This means that there are always going to be more and more jobs as a nurse. So choosing a career as a registered nurse is not only a great choice but a smart one.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition, Registered Nurses, on internet at http://bls.gov/ooh.healthcare/registered-nurse.htm.