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#2 Best Job
U.S. News and World Report listed “The 100 Best Jobs” of 2013, and Registered Nurse was #2 on the list.
“Even though there’s great growth potential, the market is still competitive,” says Donna Cardillo, RN, a speaker known as the “career guru” for nurses.
“Another tip: Look beyond the hospital. Nurses are fanning out into a host of jobs, ranging from rehab and long-term care facilities to nurse-run community clinics, schools, or corporations where preventative care and wellness are becoming a bigger focus—and a bigger source of jobs. The whole job market is shifting,” Cardillo says.
According to the article posted in US News & World Reports, the aging population provides the nursing field with long-term job growth that is expected to be much faster than the national average. Developing technology further expands the growth potential of nursing careers, while increasing the quality of care provided in a cost-effective manner.
NURSING OUTSIDE THE BOX
The continual growth of medical technology is creating new jobs in nursing that offer unique experiences and opportunities. Additionally, technology is helping meet the needs of ACO’s, physicians, nurses, and the communities they serve.
Nurse Informatics, on-line nursing instruction, and medical call centers are just a few of the technology-based careers for nurses that are combining new technology with a nursing degree. These careers offer nurses an opportunity to work outside the standard medical office, and with more flexibility, while utilizing technological competencies. Other positions, such as telephone triage nurses and telehealth nursing, provide physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare networks with standardized patient care that can be provided 24/7/365, regardless of the location.
Using computers, telehealth equipment, and standardized clinical protocols helps ensure that each patient is provided with the care they need at the moment they need it. As a result, there are reductions in medical errors, unnecessary ER use, and illnesses exacerbated due to lack of care. Physicians benefit, too, as medical technology offers timesaving solutions that increase patient care without increasing workload.
Overall, the development of technology in nursing has created beneficial results for all involved. New careers, online education, increased patient care, and time and resource saving options for physicians and health systems ensures a continued focus on developing new tech-tools. Consequently, future nursing careers are likely to require more computer skills than ever before, but also more flexibility.
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