Everyone wants to be a nurse. Nursing is in high demand. The pay is good. Career stability compared to other professions is good. It's a great time for the nursing profession.
What trends do you see in nursing in the next 10 years? Do you see the nursing profession taking on more responsibilities? The average salary increasing? The nursing workforce increasing?
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Gazing into my crystal ball I am seeing a relative increase in job opportunities for nurses with MSN's/NP. I am continuing to see trends that have been discussed on allnurses, i.e. "downsizing" of experienced nurses at higher salary levels, who are being replaced by new graduates with BSN's preferentially, or by nurses with 1-3 years of experience. For nurses in LTC I see things remaining pretty much the same, unless the day arrives where the BSN becomes the standard for entry to nursing practice across all health care settings, or unless patient ratios are changed by law.
There is an oversupply of nurses, but nursing is seen as a profession that will not go away, and some nurses are very well paid.
I see more of a trend towards trying to use nurses as temps.
I see a continued trend for nurses to want to move on from bedside nursing as soon as possible.
I see patients suffering from lack of experienced nurses. This cannot be overstated in my opinion.
Last edit by Susie2310 on Sep 1, '12