As the demand for quality healthcare continues, registered nursing professionals continue to be one of the largest growing fields of any occupation. Hospitals, clinics, schools, government agencies and corporations often employ those with nursing degrees. Students who have earned a nursing degree must pass a national licensing exam, allowing them to become a Registered Nurse. In addition, some nursing professions, such as nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists, require additional certification.
Nursing professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:
- Home health care
- Nursing care facilities
- Employment services
- Outpatient care facilities
Nursing professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:
- Attention to detail
- Ability to asses medical conditions under pressure
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability
- Compassion for others
Employment opportunities for nurses are significant. In fact, the nursing profession is currently the largest health care occupation comprising over 2.5 million jobs in the United States. Over the next 8 years, it is projected that almost 600,000 nursing jobs will be created coupled with hundreds of thousands of additional job opportunities from those leaving the profession.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008