What is your background and education?
“I have a B.S. and M.S. in Nursing, with an emphasis on administration and education, and will soon be defending my Ph.D. in Family Nursing and Health Policy at UCSF. I’ve worked Neuro ICU, Oncology, Neonatal ICU, OB, Pediatrics as well as working as clinical specialist, nursing informatics and house supervisor. I began as a Navy nurse and was the first program director for George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, the first pediatric end-of-life and transitional care facility for children and their families in the country. I started teaching as a part-time clinical adjunct professor in 1990 and have been teaching ever since.”
What is your outlook on the health care industry in San Francisco for jobs?
“The country is facing a nursing shortage – the workforce is expected to grow by over half a million by 2022. The San Francisco Bay Area – impacted by an aging population, the Affordable Care Act as well as having a concentration of world-class medical institutions –will need over 14,000 nurses by 2020. Is the investment worth it? RNs in San Francisco make $91,000+ a year compared to the national average of $65,000. There’s also the need for qualified nursing instructors where graduate degrees are required.”
What career advice can you offer to students interested in a career in health care?
“The health care field is full of opportunities from direct patient interaction to supportive services. I decided what kind of nursing I wanted to do by volunteering as a candy striper. Attend career fairs and college open house events where you can talk to individuals working in the diverse fields of health care and nursing and speak directly to health care professionals about their experiences and education.”
Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
What?!? In an economy of layoffs and budget cuts, health care professionals are getting a pay increase??? Yep, you read it right.
According to an article in www.fabulousnurse.com, there are several charts detailing the projected wages for healthcare professionals in the upcoming 2011 year.
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants all provide basic patient care, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, and moving patients between rooms. Employment for each is expected to grow 19% over the next eight years, a faster-than-average rate compared to the national average. The number of jobs are expected to grow by 2% in 2011 to total 1,552,600, with an annual median wage growth increase to $24,641.”
This is interesting to note since the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in November 2010, unemployment increased by 9.8 percent. In the countless reports posted on employment, health care is continually stated as being one of the few career paths on the rise. “According to the U.S. Institutes of Labor, the main reason for the growth is because the U.S. population that is moving into elderly homes is growing to record levels and is in greater need of physical and long-term care. In addition, the bad economy is forcing hospitals to discharge patients sooner than normal to less urgent patient care facilities where orderlies can take care of them.” explains the article in www.fabulousnurse.com. As Baby Boomers settle into their retirement years, the need for medical care is increasing proportionately.
LVNs are also in high demand. “Employment for this type of nursing has grown faster than the national average. The best job opportunities are in nursing care facilities and home healthcare services, with the overall number of jobs growing to nearly 1 million by the end of next year (2011). Just like other nursing jobs, the biggest demand for licensed practical and vocational nurses stems from the growth of the elderly population and the shift of after-surgery patient care from hospitals to nursing care facilities.”
If you’re thinking about becoming a health care worker, now is the time! You may want to look into a school like Unitek College if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can get a quality education in a minimal amount of time.
For more information on figures cited in this post, please visit the BLS.gov note on 2011 wages http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm.