- Nursing is a very challenging and rewarding profession! Registered Nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.4 million jobs. The demand for nurses (RNs) has never been greater.
- By the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses.
- The employment of RNs is expected to grow 23% from now until 2016.
More new jobs are expected to be created for RNs than for any other occupation.
RNs work primarily in hospitals and can choose specialties such as surgery, emergency, maternity, pediatrics, intensive care, mental health, and medical (diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.). Additionally, nurses work in offices, long-term care (nursing homes and assisted living centers), home health, schools of nursing, public health, occupational health, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, research, travel, military, and other exciting areas/settings.
The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration is calling for baccalaureate preparation for at least two-thirds of the RN workforce. The BSN nurse has the greatest employment flexibility of any entry-level RN (AACN, 2002). Higher levels of nursing education are linked with lower patient mortality rates, fewer errors, and greater job satisfaction among RNs (Bartels, 2006; IOM, 2010).
Bachelor’s prepared RNs can advance to master’s and doctoral degrees, including nurse educators, nurse practitioners, nurse attorneys, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists (CRNA) .
Nationally, RN’s can earn from $33,000 to more than $49,000 annually, depending on experience, region of the country, and employment setting.
Many employers offer flexible work schedules (8, 10, or 12 hour shifts) and educational and healthcare benefits. With so many varied and challenging positions and opportunities for continued professional growth, it is easy to see why nursing is truly one of the most rewarding and fulfilling professions available.
There are numerous career opportunities available for nurses through the United States. Links have been provided to assist with researching nursing information and positions nationwide.