Essential nursing facts that may make you consider the profession!
Thinking about going back to school for a new career path? You may want to consider applying to a nurse training program at the Harris Casel Institute.
There are many different types of nursing jobs. Each different role demands different responsibilities from workers. But whether you’re a nursing assistant, practical nurse, or registered nurse, you will be taking care of others each day. Knowing more about the job can help you understand the importance of the role and appreciate the career path more.
If you’re considering going to school for a nursing position, here are some essential facts for you to consider about various nursing professions.
1. The expected growth rate for nursing is positive
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, licensed practical nurse and licensed vocational nuring jobs are "projected to grow by 16 percent" from 2014-2024. This is much faster than the expected average growth rate for all other careers. There are many different nursing positions including practical nurse, nurse practitioner, and nursing assistant to name a few. Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare world. These professions are expected to have a high growth rate because of the large baby boomer population who are aging or becoming chronically ill and need more support. The near future may be a crucial time to provide nursing assistance.
2. Nursing is an essential part of the healthcare industry
Nursing is comprised of nearly 4 million nursing jobs. These jobs make up the majority of hospital staff and personnel. They are needed to take care of patients basic needs and are constantly busy. Because so many patients need assistance around-the-clock, nurse sare essential to the healthcare industry.
3. Nurses provide the most direct care
Nurses are essential because they provide the most direct care to patients. They are at the patients’ side through their illness, operations, or every day routines. They spend more time with their patients then doctors and are therefore able to beomce in-tune with their patients’ needs and routines. If you become a nurse, you can feel proud of the direct care and positive impact you have on the lives of your patients.
4. A popular field
According to a April 2013 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Association (HRSA), growth in the nurse workforce surpassed that of population growth from 2004-2013. The per capita of RNs and LPNs increased over time. LPNs per capita has increased about 6 percent. However, this number doesn’t even account for other trends in the increased demand for nurses such as aging population, increased patient acuity, and hospital staffing and hiring guidelines.
We hope these interesting facts are ideas to consider when considering enrolling in a nursing training program. With so many different roles to choose from, you can know you’re career path is one of great importance and necessity.
This article was provided by Harris Casel Institute's weekly blog. We offer career-related information and student advice weekly. If you want more information on our healthcare training programs, contact us today for more information or to schedule a tour at our campus in Melbourne, FL.