What A Great Time To Explore A Career In Nursing

You’ve picked a great time to explore a career in nursing, because you’ve never been needed more – especially if you are pursuing a registered nurse career! These days, many hospitals are reporting that 10 percent or more of their budgeted positions for registered nurses are vacant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As the baby boomer population ages and their health care needs increase, combined with the fact that nurses are retiring faster than new ones coming into the field – the demand for registered nurses will only get stronger. Because of the high demand, registered nurses are now able to command a very respectable salary. According to Salary.Com, the median salary for a registered nurse in the United States is $59,061.

What does this mean for someone like you exploring a career in nursing? It means that with a degree as a Registered Nurse, you can earn a great salary and you have endless opportunities for employment in a wide variety of settings. You can work with children, with the elderly, in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, for the federal government, in resorts, on cruise ships, in the criminal justice system, in clinics, in schools, and in so many other places we can’t list them all. Because nurses are needed around the clock, you can pick what shifts you want to work, and if you need extra money you can work all of the overtime that you can handle. That’s the good news. What’s the bad news?

The bad news is that plenty of other people have figured out that nursing is a great career so enrollment at nursing schools has increased tremendously – to the point where there are very long nursing school waiting lists. Some four-year nursing programs and community college programs have waiting lists of three or four years – and that’s for students who have already finished all of their prerequisite nursing courses. Competition to get into nursing school is intense, and most of the students who are accepted into the traditional degree programs have very high grade point averages. But don’t despair, the traditional degree program is no longer the only route to a nursing license.

There are a variety of paths that can be taken to reach your final destination as a registered nurse including the popular LPN to RN nursing program. Regardless of how you get there, once you do you will be on your way to a very satisfying, well-paying career in nursing!

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