If you’re contemplating a career in nursing, adaptation and a willingness to further one’s education is key for nurses and nursing students when it comes to maintaining a career in the present day healthcare industry. According to the Institute of Medicine 2010 report, nurses should “practice to the full extent of their education, achieve higher levels of education and…be full partners with physicians and other health professionals.”
Because the market is in a state of flux at this time, there are more opportunities for advanced practice nurses than ever before. In fact, specialty nurses, like family nurse practitioners, psychiatric mental health practitioners and nurses who specialize in diabetes, are more in demand than novice or entry-level nurses.
Though advancing your education and specializing in a particular field will put you at an advantage when it comes to finding a job or advancing your nursing career later in life, nearly all nursing careers begin within hospital settings and outpatient offices. Here, patient care needs vary and employees gain a wide array of skill-sets that will be beneficial later in their career.
Nursing, as with any career choice, goes through cycles. As certain diseases or ailments become more prevalent, nurses with experience in the specialty grow in demand. Due to the flexible schedule, more and more nursing students are seeking the career out as a second job. Additionally, as the economy improves, more nursing positions will become available.
“When the economy was bad, more nurses were staying longer or going back to work because their spouses may have lost their jobs”, said Dr. Janet Williams, director of nursing at William Carey University. “Nurses always work. You just don’t find nurses collecting unemployment.”