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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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Specializes in geriatrics, hospice, private duty.

I think Medicare is going to crash leading to sweeping changes but maybe that's just me ;).

tnmarie said:
I think Medicare is going to crash leading to sweeping changes but maybe that's just me ;).

If Medicare is starved of funding, it will "crash." If it's not, then it won't.

Specializes in psych, general, emerg, mash.

Nursing will thrive! us old farts are retiring and get sick! we need nurses & doctors, which is why you see many from off shore making home here, more money then home! I would like to see less politics (yeah, right), and more responsibility given to RN, judgement calls, etc. In the meantime, lets have a beer!

Specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg.

Nurses are becoming obsolete. I feel like a babysitter. The MD doesn't want to know what I think. My experience doesn't matter. My observations are dismissed as stupid, with eye rolling and muttering as the MD studies labs and Xrays. Numbers, numbers, numbers. VS. Lab results. Maybe there are fewer nurses with more pts, because all the MD wants to know is what the CBC shows in the AM.

I can't remember the last time an MD asked me what kind of night the pt had. And I know darn good and well they don't read my notes.

Specializes in psych, general, emerg, mash.

welcome to the wonderful world of MD ego's! They are still gods in the eyes of medicine, but considering its their butts on the line, in case something goes wrong. I challenge each MD if needed, but since their ego's are fragile, do it nicely.

The old saying: Politics is saying the nastiest things in the nicest way...aka pure BS.

And as soon as they grow up, they'll get out of there once they have their masters.

I think GEN Y is going to drive nursing wages down, unless they shape up! GEN Y thinks you buy a degree, instead of earn it; they chant 'C's earn degrees!' GEN Y cries and throws a fit at the nursing school director when they fail for receiving a 69.9% when it was clear there would be no rounding come the end of the semester. GEN Y thinks that 1-5 minutes late is just as on time as 1-5 minutes early. GEN Y thinks makeup, hair highlights, sweet shoes, a glam watch, a neon stethoscope, and butt-accentuating scrubs look good/professional/put together. GEN Y lacks the tactfulness and class of their elders. GEN Y lacks respect, dedication, and hard work.

STEP IT UP! Nurses are highly respected as a group. We, GEN Y are the future of nursing. Our behaviors, attitudes, appearances, and work ethic are going to need to improve if we want to remain a highly respected (and well-paid) group of professionals!


A GEN Y nursing student

Specializes in Oncology.

I find this highly offensive. I am in my 20's but look like a teenager. I deal with this nonsense from patients who say "are you old enough to do this" and I am. I am college educated and licensed as an RN. I don't need rude coworkers disrespecting me because of my age. It's okay to be disrespectful of young people, but the "age discrimination" against older people isn't okay and we talk about all the time. I'm so sick of getting dumped on by jerk coworkers because I am young.

I remember when I first started, and the orientating nurse kept saying "oh my gosh, their hiring babies now... soon babies will be giving pills" I did not understand the joke at the time. but now I see its a regular joke.

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.

Specializes in Cardiocascular/Thoracic Surgery.

I used to think the same thing about the ego maniac docs (surgeons!) that I work for. Then, I took a 3 month travel position at a teaching hospital (for a "break"). Bless their young souls. I don't think those residents went to pee without my permission. It was a real eye opener for me to see doctors at their beginnings. I've been back home for about a year now and I tell these old foggies what's up whether they want to hear it or not.

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