Now’s the Time to Train to Become a Nurse

Barry Lenson

Now’s the Time to Train to Become a Nurse

Train to Become a Nurse“The United States is projected to have a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing colleges and universities across the country are struggling to expand enrollment levels to meet the rising demand for nursing care.”

-          From “Nursing Shortage,” published by American Association of Colleges of Nursing, April 12, 2012

If you’d like to train for a job in one of the fast-growing healthcare professions, we have a little advice for you today. This could be a great time to become a nurse.  According to “Nursing Shortage,” an advisory just released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, America is suffering from an acute shortage of trained nurses.

I’d urge you to read the entire report. But until you do, here are the outlines of the nursing shortage that it describes . . .

  • Nurses are currently in great demand. According to statistics from Wanted Analytics that the report cites, employers and staffing agencies ran more than 121,000 new job ads for registered nurses in June 2011. That’s an increase of 46% since May 2010.
  • The demand for nurses will surge in the years to come. According to the “United States Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast” an article in the January 2012 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality, the current shortage of registered nurses should increase in all regions of the country between now and year 2030. Also: In December 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that more than 581,500 new jobs for registered nurses will be created through year 2018.

What is the best way to find out whether a career in nursing is right for you? One way is to enroll in a nursing program and get started. But taking some science courses online can be a less expensive and less risky way to “test the waters.” StraighterLine’s course in Medical Terminology offers a cost-effective way to brush up your medical knowledge and find out whether you should pursue nursing studies. So would one of StraighterLine’s courses in Anatomy and Physiology.

So there’s no mistaking the fact that nursing could offer you a stable and secure career in the years ahead. In a time when employment in many professions is decreasing, nursing is on the rise. And that could spell opportunity for you.

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