These interesting facts may make you consider nursing school!
If you’re considering going back to school for a new career path, you may have some ideas on what job fields to research. However, researching new career paths can sometimes cause confusion when you're overloaded with information! It's important to know the background, purpose, and integrity of each career field you research.
You may know that nurses care for patients, but do you know the growth rate of nursing jobs in the U.S.? Salter Nursing offers you fun and interesting facts about the nursing profession to ease your research process.
If you’d like to learn more about a nursing career, then consider these fun facts about the field. They may help you decide if it’s the right career for you.
1. Nursing professions are expected to grow
Nursing in the United States is a profession with a positive job outlook, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. There are a variety of nursing titles such as nursing assistant, practical nurse, and nurse practitioner that are expected to have an above average growth rate from 2014-2024. Nurses are the support system of the healthcare industry. They are needed for healthcare facilities to run smoothly each day. Nursing is currently acknowledged as a growing profession because of the aging baby boomer generation. As this large population ages, more nurses will be needed to care for them especially if they are elderly and chronically ill. By 2024, many senior citizens may be in need for quality nursing care. Now may be an opportune time to choose a career in the nursing field.
2. Nursing professions make up a large section of the healthcare industry
Nursing jobs make up nearly 4 million employed people in the country. Nursing careers also make up the largest bulk of hospital staff. Depending on their education, they take care of the basic needs of patients or provide perscriptions for common ailments. Nurses are essential for the healthcare industry because healthcare assistance is needed all day, every day.
3. Nurses give the most direct care to patients
Nurses offer the most direct care towards patients. They help patients through illnesses, exams, surgeries, and provide assistance with every day care. Nurses are the ones who spend the most time with their patients. They may become more accquainted with a patients’ health history and may know the best way to respond when the patient has a health emergency. Nurses also have opportunities to build strong, trustworthy relationships with their patients that last a lifetime. Not only is this profession ethically satisfying, but it can be emotionally gratifying as well.
4. Choose a popular field!
An April 2013 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ HRSA, reported that growth in the nursing industry surpassed the population growth from 2004-2013. Nurses positions, such as LPNs and RNs, increased gradually per capita. LPNs per capita increased by 6 percent. This estimate doesn’t even account the increase in trends such as hosptital staffing shortages, the aging population and more! So you can be sure, nursing is a popular field!
Seeing the importance of a nursing career can help you decide if it’s the right career option for you! We hope these interesting facts help you appreciate and understand the field of nursing better. Perhaps now you can understand how essential and important a nursing career can be!
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