while enrollment in nursing programs nationwide has increased every year for nearly a decade, the deepening economic crisis is making such programs even more popular - and competitive - than ever. however, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers for some aspiring rns. "yes, it's a route to some form of job security, but you really have to want to be a nurse," said frances lafauci, associate dean of nursing for suffolk county community college, adding, "you have to be tough, physically and mentally."
u.s. labor department analysts project that 587,000 new nursing jobs will be created nationwide between 2006 and 2016, an increase of 23.5 percent.
greater life expectancy and aging baby boomers are driving the demand for health professionals. at the same time, nursing's portability, flexible schedule and competitive starting salaries have fueled growing interest. "we've got all this interest - now how are we going to accommodate it?" said kathleen bratby, assistant dean for students at stony brook's school of nursing.
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Feb 2, '09
what i find it funny that this article reports that "such programs even more popular - and competitive - than ever. however, some experts say a lack of available spots in nursing schools and the hard work and dedication required of nurses could be barriers..." as if this was a new trend? it's been this way for years!!!!
Last edit by Neveranurseagain on Feb 2, '09
Feb 2, '09
I'm not a nurse but i would love to become a nurse, that is my dream since i was a little girl. but i think the best way to find out is you really like being a nurse is to volunteer a few hours a week. that is what i'm doing since is so hard to getting into nursing school i decide to volunteer just to see if i like it and don't waste time and energy trying to become something that at the end I might regret.
Last edit by Helen27 on Feb 2, '09