Outlook on Jobs in Nursing

Outlook on Jobs in Nursing

Talk to a nurse, and it won't take long until you understand that nurses are on the front lines of healthcare. Nurses work hard to provide quality care to patients, and often have to juggle a heavy rotation do to overwhelming patient demand. The field of nursing is growing in demand as a result, and wait lists for nursing programs continue to present challenges for organizations trying to fill these rolls. This problem does not look like it will be going away any time soon. According to the American Nursing Association, by the year 2022 there will be more registered nurse jobs available than any other profession. Combine this with the 500,000 registered nurses expected to retire by 2022, and the situation becomes clearer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projected that by 2022 over 1 million new nurses will be needed to avoid a nursing shortage (American Nursing Association, 2018).

The need for new nurses does not only stem from seasoned nurses retiring, but also from an aging population, more readily available access to healthcare, and an emphasis on primary and preventative care. Nurses will continue to be urgently needed for the foreseeable future. The American Nursing Association projected that every state will see an 11% nursing need growth through 2022 (American Nursing Association, 2018). This high demand presents several potential areas for study:

  • How can schools address the waitlist situation to admit more students into nursing programs?
  • What can hospitals do to attract and retain nurses already in the field?
  • What should students do to increase their chances of attending a nursing program?
  • What are the benefits of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing versus other potential degrees?

These are just a few of the areas in need of additional research. If you have any other ideas and would like feedback, feel free to post in the CHNR forum.


American Nursing Association (2018). Workforce. Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/workforce/

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