The message has finally gotten out and more high school graduates are pursuing nursing as their career of choice. Many young people are going to LVN to RN colleges because of the job market in nursing, their desire to help others and the interesting challenges that nursing brings.
HealthCanal.com posted an interesting study that was published by RAND Corporation health economist David Auerbach, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., and Dartmouth College professor of economicsDoug Staiger, Ph.D. They found that there is a 62% increase in nurses from the ages of 23 to 26 between the years of 2002 to 2009. Not since the 1970’s has there been such a boom of nurses entering the workforce.
“We may have reached a tipping point in the nursing shortage in the sense that we now, for the first time in more than a decade of research, are projecting growth in the total size of the registered nurse workforce, ” said Buerhaus. “These early signs are positive, but we need to continually grow the supply of nurses to effectively match the expected growth in demand over the coming years.”
A report was published about ten years ago which stated that by 2020 the United States could face a nursing shortage of about 400,000 nurses. Fewer young people were entering the field and the average age of an RN was 42 years old. As these nurses retire and Baby Boomers enter their senior years, a shortage seemed unavoidable.
There are several reasons for the increase in young people becoming interested in joining the ranks of nursing. HealthCanal.com attributes “aggressive national recruitment efforts, such as the $50 million ‘Campaign for Nursing’s Future’ launched by Johnson & Johnson in 2002” as one such reason. Another is that “federal funding for nurse workforce development tripled from $80 million in 2001 to $240 million in 2010.” Finally, there are a variety of nursing specialties that people are interested in with the changing dynamics of our aging population such as geriatrics and emergency care.
The news is out that a nursing career is a great option for those looking to help people, who love to face challenges on a daily basis and who want stability and a good income. From traditional schools to the convenience of online courses, getting your nursing degree can be the start of a promising future.
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