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A Career for All Economies

Nursing is a nearly recession-proof field, but there are occupational hazards, perhaps none more common than shift work sleep disorder.

Nursing is a nearly recession-proof field, but there are occupational hazards, perhaps none more common than shift work sleep disorder.

BY MANHATTAN EXPRESS STAFF | Enter a hospital, doctor’s office, adult care facility, or medical clinic and you are bound to encounter nurses. Nurse is a broad term used to describe most individuals who perform patient-based care in a variety of settings. A nurse’s duties and title will vary depending on their educational background and the certifications and licenses they have received.

The field of nursing is seemingly recession-proof. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly 2.6 million nurses in the nation. No other career choice within the field of healthcare can claim such strength in numbers, both here and in Canada.

There are many advantages to becoming a nurse, including growing employment opportunities. Over the next 20 years, the bureau predicts 800,000 vacancies in the field of nursing in the US alone. Financial gain is to be had, as well. Depending on the type of nurse, they have the potential to make anywhere between $43,000 and $115,000 a year, according to the bureau’s Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Furthermore, because of the wide breadth of nursing services, there is plenty of room for specialty application and advancement.

Here are the most common types of nurses and the required educational training:

Nursing aide or orderly: Nursing aides and orderlies help nurses care for patients and perform routine tasks. They spend most of their time with patients, serving meals, keeping patients comfortable, answering call lights, and giving baths. Most nursing aides work in a hospital setting or in long-term facilities for the elderly. A high school diploma may be all that’s needed to become a nursing aide.

Licensed practical nurse: A licensed practical nurse studies for a year after earning a high school diploma and must be licensed in the state in which they will work. They typically record medical histories, weigh and measures patients, record symptoms, and administer injections.

Registered nurse: A registered nurse typically pursues a two-year associate’s degree in nursing or may receive a bachelor’s degree in the field. Candidates must pass a national exam before they are licensed. The duties of a registered nurse are generally more varied and in-depth than those of a licensed practical nurse and can include helping patients manage treatment plans.

Nurse practitioner: Nurse practitioners are among the most educated hospital employees. In addition to their registered nurse study, they earn a master’s degree and may specialize in one area. Also, they may be able to work outside of the direct authority of a physician. In such instances, they can run a medical practice, diagnose, and prescribe medication just as a doctor would. Increasingly, the best qualified nurses are taking on roles once reserved exclusively for doctors.

2 Responses to A Career for All Economies

  1. adderallrehab May 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    It must be hard working in the sleep field today with all of the people at risk for becoming addicted to ambien. Everybody want to find a short cut, rather than putting in the effort.

  2. top career trends May 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I knew exactly what I was going to go for. I'm taking a careers class this year, and our teacher is making us do an Essay about the career we want to have when we graduate.


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