How You Can Help End the Nursing Shortage

Jeffrey Simons

by Jeffrey Simons

There may never be a better time to become a nurse. America’s baby boomers are aging. At the same time, Americans are living longer. The government projects that there will be more than 880,000 new jobs for nurses created between 2010 and 2020. And the American Association of Colleges of Nursing is predicting a shortage of trained nurses.

That increasing demand means increased opportunities for those who want to become nurses. Even better, getting a nursing degree has never been easier. There are more than 4500 nursing programs in the US. And many of the leading online colleges and universities offer nursing programs designed for working adults, so you can pursue your degree while balancing family responsibilities and jobs.

In fact, nursing education has come a long way from the 1870’s, when the first nursing schools started spring up in America. These schools followed the “Nightingale model”, based on the methods espoused by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, who founded the first secular nursing school in the world, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860. One American school that adopted these methods was The New England Hospital for Women, which trained Linda Richards, considered by many to be America’s first trained nurse.

For a quick snapshot of nursing education, take a look at the infographic below. We’ve put together a few fun facts, a bit of interesting history, current nursing requirements for RNs and LPNs and job projections that you might want to consider if you do plan on becoming a nurse. For instance, do you think there will be more jobs for Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses created between 2010 and 2020? Find out for yourself below.

If you’re interested in finding out more about pursuing a career in nursing and helping to end the nursing shortage in America, download the free StraighterLine Guide to Careers in Nursing.

Guest blogger Jeffrey Simons has been in advertising since the mid-80’s, when faxes were “new technology” and portable computers were the size of suitcases. Now, as Storyteller-in-Chief for his own social media consultancy, JL Simons Marketing & Advertising Consulting, he gets to tell true stories to interested readers for deserving brands.

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