About the Future Outlook for Nursing Careers

Advanced information technology and an aging population segment aged 65 and older contribute to the growing demand for nursing jobs.

Advanced information technology and an aging population segment aged 65 and older contribute to the growing demand for nursing jobs.

A huge need for nurses in the future makes the job prospects for the profession excellent. According to The Future of Nursing, a shortage of nurses is a large challenge that the health care field will face, as roughly 900,000 nurses aged 50 and older will be looking to leave the field. Careers in the nursing field range from vocational nurses to family nurse practitioners. The future outlook for each of them varies across the health care industry.

Nurse Practitioners

Advanced practice registered nurses, such as nurse practitioners or family nurse practitioners, will be in high demand. These positions are independent, subject matter experts specializing in the delivery of basic medical care to a wide age range of individuals. As more people access health care services and require advanced treatment, the need for nurse practitioners is expected to increase. According to the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to double in 2014.

Registered Nurses

Registered nurses are found in every area of health care and the demand for them is expected to grow more than any other occupation, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the next decade, there will be a need for more than 700,000 new RNs. This need is a result of a growing elderly population and increased health care access.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

The future outlook of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses varies depending on the type of facility. Hospitals will not need as many licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the future; however, they will be in great demand among long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, reports the Future of Nursing. There will also be a slight need for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in outpatient settings, such as physicians' offices.

Nurse Anesthetists

Rated as one of the best jobs in America by CNN Money, the future outlook of certified registered nurse anesthetists is excellent, especially in rural locations and inner cities. Certified registered nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia to patients to alleviate pain before surgery or during delivery. Physician shortages and an aging population with co-morbidities have contributed to the future demand of certified registered nurse anesthetists.

 

About the Author

Dr. Kimberly Perkins is a seasoned leader in health care administration with experience in independent, assisted, skilled nursing, critical access, rural health, and memory care services. Perkins has performed in a music video by the Assisted Living Federation of America. Having lived as an undercover nursing home resident, she understands firsthand how to provide care to those in need.

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