By Rita Henry
By the year 2014 – just eight years away – there will be 3.6
million new jobs available in the medical profession, and the
bulk of those jobs – about 60% of them – will be open to those
with nursing degrees of one kind or another. The demand for
registered nurses is highest – the Bureau of Labor Statistics
estimates that the number of jobs available for registered
nurses will rise by 27% by 2014 – but there will also be
increased opportunities for certified nursing assistants,
licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s
assistants and those in medical technical fields like
phlebotomy and pulmonology.
And if you thought that the only jobs available for nurses
in hospitals and medical facilities, the Bureau of Labor
Statistics has more news for you. Less than 60% of registered
nurses work in a hospital. A nursing degree opens doors of
opportunity into so many fields that it’s easily one of the
most versatile and useful degrees that you can acquire. Not
only that – a nursing degree appeals to a wide range of
According to the BLS, about 20% of those entering the nursing
workforce are older workers starting on a second career. Many
of them have been attracted by rising salaries triggered by
nursing shortage, but for many of them, a nursing degree is a
chance to do something that makes them feel good.
Whether you’ve just started your nursing career, are returning
to work after a hiatus, or are switching to a career in
as a second career, take a look at some of the opportunities
that are open to you with a nursing degree.
Pediatric Home Health Care is one of the growing fields for
those with nursing degrees. Every state in the Union now has
some sort of Early Intervention program that identifies
children under the age of three years with special needs.
Pediatric home health care gives you the opportunity to work
with children and parents and make a real difference in their
Elder Home Health Care is the other end of the spectrum. The
‘aging of America’ means that more and more people require a
little bit of help to remain in their homes. Nursing
assistants, registered nurses and licensed nurses can provide
that little bit extra that will allow a senior citizen to
maintain a higher quality of life and remain at home when all
they need is a few hours of medical care a day or week.
Working in a Blood Donor Center is an option that makes you
part of the life-saving network. There’s more to blood donor
centers than just starting IVs. Nurses who specialize in
pharesis can command high salaries, and a nurse working in the
blood collection field can be a valuable community organizer
well as a medical practitioner.
A Critical Care Transport nurse requires multiple nursing
degrees, but it can be one of the most interesting and
fascinating nursing jobs available. A CCT nurse accompanies
patients being transported from home or a nursing facility to
another nursing facility. The nurse is responsible for
maintaining continuity of care for every patient – in the back
of an ambulance. It’s a challenging and fun job that commands
salary commensurate with the experience required.
On Site Nursing is a wide open field for medical workers with
nursing degrees. You can work at an amusement park or zoo, or
in the medical office at a state or national park, or provide
medical backup for the emergency workers at a beach or other
recreational setting. If you choose to work on site at a camp
or other facility, your benefits may include free tuition for
your own family.
About The Author: Rita Henry is a contributing editor for
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