Careers often fit into one of two buckets – careers with job security and competitive benefits that make good economic sense, or careers that are rewarding, meaningful, and really make a difference. Nursing is one of the few careers that falls into both buckets at the same time, and going to nursing school is the first step for students looking to get involve in a growing field where they can really help people in their community.
A Career that is in High Demand
Today nursing is the fourth largest occupation in the United States, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of nurses needed in the US is growing at a faster than average rate. The BLS predicts that between 2010 and 2020 the number of nursing positions available will grow by 711,900, an increase of 26%, which is well above the national growth average of 14%. There are also opportunities for younger nurses with 1/3 of the nursing workforce being over 50 years old, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. In fact, employers in parts of the country report not having enough applicants to fill all of the nursing positions available. This is particularly true for hospitals in rural or inner-city areas looking for all four advanced practice registered nurses – clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners. According to the BLS some hospitals may even offer signing bonuses, family-friendly work schedules, or subsidized training.
Working in a Field Helping People
Job availability and field growth are not the only reasons to pursue a nursing education – giving back to the community and helping those in need can be the most rewarding aspects of this career. For a nurse, hands-on patient care goes beyond the science of medicine, to the healing powers of compassion and a human touch. Nurses are frequently on the front line of patient care, responding to patients’ needs, working with patient families, and coordinating day-to-day care. It can be a thankless job at times, but nurses are an integral part of modern healthcare, and patients, doctors, and administrators all appreciate the sacrifice, dedication, and care provided by nurses.
Being a nursing student means learning theoretical components relevant to the healthcare industry, as well as the hands-on clinical practice necessary for working directly with patients and other healthcare professionals. This exposes students to the different skills necessary to perform as a professional and demands learning in different kinds of education environments, from the library to the lab, from books to bedsides. For students looking for a combination of classroom work and hands-on training, nursing school can provide the ideal educational environment.
Nurses Can Work Anywhere
Not only are nurses needed everywhere, but there are even travel nursing programs that allow nurses to explore different parts of the country, working for a few months in a location, before moving on to somewhere new. Areas that are particularly in need of nurses include inner-city locations as well as very rural areas, but with the travel nursing programs there is no limit to the regions that a trained nurse willing to travel can explore.
Nursing at South University
There are many institutions offering degrees in Nursing including many of the campus locations of South University. South University Nursing students are given the chance to study industry-current healthcare concepts; patient teaching skills and the skills necessary to motivate and train nursing staff: gerontological nursing, palliative care, and complimentary and alternative nursing methods; management skills, decision making skills, and the ability to delegate responsibility. This training can prepare graduates to work in a number of different healthcare settings including nursing homes, rehab facilities, acute care hospitals, community clinics, school clinics, and home health.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is offered at South University, Cleveland, South University, Columbia, South University, Montgomery, South University, Novi, South University Richmond, South University, Tampa, South University, Virginia Beach, and South University, West Palm Beach.
Nursing School – The Perfect Fit
For prospective students interested in getting a degree that combines both theoretical and practical training; is in a field that is in high demand and growing; and can provide graduates with the opportunity to give back to their communities working in a field where you can really help people, nursing school might be the perfect fit.
Author: Brendan Purves