Different Jobs You Can Have With a Nursing Diploma
By the year 2024 there will be 3.5 million new jobs available in the medical profession, and the bulk of those jobs – close to 50% of them – will be in the nursing field of one kind or another.
The demand for registered nurses is highest – the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the number of jobs available for registered nurses will rise by 25% by 2024 – but there will also be increased opportunities for certified nursing assistants, physician's assistants, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners and those in healthcare technical fields like pulmonology or phlebotomy.
And if you thought that the only jobs available for nurses were in hospitals and medical facilities, the BLS statistics has more news for you. Less than 55% 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 people.
According to the BLS, about 22% of those entering the healthcare workforce are older workers starting on a second career. Many of these new workers are attracted by rising salaries triggered by the nursing shortage. For some of them, a nursing degree is a chance to get involved in a career that makes them feel good.
Whether you are starting your nursing career, returning to work after a long hiatus, or switching to a nursing career as your second career, there are some neat opportunities that are open to you.
Not convinced that this is the field for you? There are plenty of options. Here's some:
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Pediatric Home Health Care is a growing field for someone with a nursing degree. Every state now has some sort of Early Intervention program that identifies young children with special needs. Pediatric home health care gives you the opportunity to work with children and parents and make a significant difference in their lives.
Elder Home Health Care works with the opposite end of the life spectrum. More and more older Americans require a little bit of help to remain in their homes. Nursing assistants, RNs and LPNs can provide that little bit extra assistance that will allow senior citizens to maintain a major higher quality of life and stay in their home by getting a few hours of medical care each day or several days a week.
Working in a Blood Donor Center is an option. There's more to blood donor centers than just getting IVs started. Nurses who specialize in the pharesis area can command high salaries, and a nurse working in the blood collection field can be seen as a valuable community organizer as well as a medical practitioner.
A Critical Care Transport nurse will require having multiple nursing degrees, but it can be an interesting and fascinating position. A CCT nurse accompanies patients who are being transported from home or a nursing facility to a new nursing facility. This nurse is responsible for maintaining the continuity of care for their patient while in the back of a van or ambulance. It can be a challenging job that commands a salary commensurate with the experience required.
On Site Nursing is a wide open field for healthcare workers with a nursing degree. You can work at a variety of places from an amusement park to a zoo, or in the medical office at a state or national park, or provide medical backup for the emergency workers at any other type of recreational setting. If you choose to work on site at some type of camp or other facility, your benefits may include free admission for your own family. More fun for everyone.