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Nursing Jobs Market

At the moment there is a critical shortage of nurses in the United States. This shortage is expected to increase because of the aging population of the nurses, but mostly because of the aging population of U.S citizens. This means that prospective students considering a career in nursing will have very good employment opportunities, which will also continue to improve. To fill the need, nursing schools simply cannot turn out enough trained nurses. This will lead to a tremendous increase in nurses’ salaries.

The most popular nursing job of today is a job as a travel nurse. In the beginning of the travel nursing industry, there was a high demand in states like California, Arizona, Florida and Texas. Nowadays you can work almost anywhere as a travel nurse. To become a travel nurse you need a Registered Nurse degree and at least 10 months of clinical experience. Then you can enter the exciting field of travel nursing.After completing a nursing school you have a great choice of job opportunities and you can choose the nursing job you like to specialize in.

Nurses are in-demand anywhere in the world, especially in countries where there is a growing population and expansion of health facilities.

The hiring of registered nurses is attributed to the increasing health needs of elderly patients, expansion of health facilities, growing number of hospitalized patients who need extensive care and more technological development.

As more elderly patients get hospitalized, more skilled nurses are needed to care for them. And as more health facilities are constructed, more nurses are also needed to fill them up.

Employment for registered nurses is projected to grow faster than any other occupation until 2012, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But as with any other profession, the nursing career is also subject to change as the job market for nurses changes as well, coinciding with the demand for a more intensive health care delivery system.

To go along with the changing job market, nurses should be willing to adopt physical and educational changes to stay on top.

One change that a nurse should consider is to pursue higher nursing education not only to acquire more nursing skills but also to prepare for a more challenging nursing career at the same opening doors for other economic opportunities.

Pursuing higher nursing education means taking up baccalaureate programs leading to a nursing degree.

By 2010, there should be at least two-thirds of working nurses who have baccalaureate or higher nursing degrees, according to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice.

Just four years to go but only 43 percent of the working nurses today have baccalaureate or higher nursing degrees.

A ready market for nursing graduates is also higher -- estimated at 98 percent – for those who have baccalaureate or higher nursing degrees than those who didn’t have.

Though more hospitals and medical facilities hire nurses, they prefer those who have specializations or have baccalaureate degrees who can deliver a more complex patient care and who can also do related works such as health promotion.

Particularly in demand are nurses who specialize on neonates (babies), in the operating room, intensive care unit or hemodialysis.

A baccalaureate program could mold nurses into advanced practice nurses (APNs), either as Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse-Midwives or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

As with the changing job market, nurses should be willing to update themselves to become more capable of delivering complex health services.