The Future of the Nursing Profession


What is the future of nursing careers? Predictions are that in 10 or 20 years, it will look nothing like it does today! With new technologies and drugs, changes in insurance and health care policies, and the shortage in nurses, the profession will have to reinvest itself. Many nursing functions will be automated. For example, documentation and updating patient records, smart beds to monitor vital signs, bar codes, and automatic medicine carts could reduce the time and errors in dispensing medications, and voice-activated technology would eliminate the need to constantly write things down. Other nursing task such as serving meals will be taken over by aides. This would give nurses more time to provide a human touch to their patients.

As a result of nursing shortages, healthcare facilities will be forced to use their nurses judiciously. Nurses will spend more time at the bedside as educators and care coordinators to refocus on the patient. With the lengths of patient stays shortening, nurses will have to make the best use of a shrinking amount of time hospital stays. Nurses will also spend more time in administration and supervision positions. They will need to know how to access knowledge and transfer it to the patient and their loved ones.

The changes in technology will possibly attract more men and minorities into the profession. Greater emphasis must be placed on supporting teaching careers and recruiting educators from diverse cultural backgrounds to relieve the serious shortage of nursing school faculty. Therefore, more loans and scholarships for master’s and PhDs would also have to be in place, and the colleges would have to pay the instructors more money.

If the nursing shortage continues, hospitals may have to be reserved only for the very sickest. That means that the number of outpatient care will increase, as will the need for home health care nurses. They will also serve more prominent roles in clinics, consulting firms, insurance companies, and software and technology companies. Nurses in the future would probably do much more population-based or community health care. They will identify risks and establish priorities for specific populations and groups. They will provide community education and work with employers and insurance payers to develop programs that save money as well as promote health.

Nurse practitioners have a bright future especially in geriatrics and gerontology. With the baby boomer generation reaching retirement, those nurses who are themselves baby boomers but are not yet ready to retire may find themselves in the role of consultants. They would be the geriatric providers of choice because they would have a better understanding of aging.

As technology and research progresses, in linking chronic illnesses to behaviors, nurses would focus more on preventing the illnesses rather than treatment. Also, drugs designed for healthcare that targets diseases before they start, and identifying risks for those diseases will enhance preventive care. This means that people are going to have to learn to take care of themselves more. The nursing shortage and rising health care costs will also put pressure on the health care system to change from an illness model to a wellness and prevention model.

Therefore, no matter what the future holds, nurses will have be prepared to keep learning, growing, and expanding and changing alongside he transformative role of the healthcare profession. That obviously comes easier when one is passionate about the career.


Why Nurses Are Choosing To Take RN to BSN Degree Programs In Todays Job Market


The innovations in medical technology, the intricacies of a drastically transforming nursing field, in addition to the greater role of nurses absolutely caused the greater desire for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN degree among registered nurses. And therefore it seems to be really smart for virtually any RNs to consider choosing RN to BSN programs for the development of their profession.

An RN to BSN degree program is actually a higher nursing education program which mainly requires at the very least 2 semesters to complete. Almost all of the interested enrollees to this program are the nurses that hold an associate in nursing degree or diploma. This particular course also accommodates anyone who has finished various other non-nursing courses. If you’re thinking the reason it’s still necessary to take an RN to BSN program, listed here are the most important reasons:

Better Careers are on Offer for BSN Students

There are lots of things that can influence a registered nurse to consider an additional nursing study course. Amongst the most common inspirations for these particular registered nurses would be to get much better career opportunities. Management level nursing, for example, entails a BSN or any other advanced degrees.

The US Department of Labor Statistics claims that in a management level position, a nurse can have the opportunity of becoming a chief nurse or perhaps an associate head nurse, director or maybe assistant director, vice chairman as well as other higher administration positions.

BSN Degree Holders have a Much Better Chance at Getting a Higher Salary

An online RN to BSN program, just like some other advanced nursing programs, offers more doors of opportunities for nurses to get more earnings. Needless to say the wage of an RN to BSN graduate will be the same as an average nurse having a BSN. However, with greater chances to achieve a high ranking nursing job, the pay range likewise will increase.

Distance Learning Opportunities

For healthcare professionals who are currently employed, a terrific option would be to get a web based RN to BSN program. The thing that’s great about online nursing programs is that the schedules are made in a way that can be very comfortable for learners that are already working. They are able to keep their job while having the nursing program.

Generally, the non-clinical area of the on-line nursing programs is organised online. The resources together with lectures are also offered to all the students. Exams will also be provided to students on the internet. Generally also, an RN to BSN program uses the same semester schedule having a fixed start date and finish date. Meanwhile, the medical component of the program is organized and conducted in the closest medical facility.

Personal Career Satisfaction

Majority of the learners taking an RN to BSN program or other types of accelerated BSN nursing programs would point out that personal satisfaction is just one of their biggest reasons for taking the course. Considering that the world is moving forward in virtually all areas and also the technological innovation accessible to us has improved the intellectual competence of individuals, it’s just reasonable to choose to have a greater and higher educational achievement. The bottom line here is that an RN to BSN program is something that could give a regular registered nurse all the skills and the knowledge he will need to grow to be much better at his field.


Nursing School – When Is The Best Time Of Year To Apply?


If you’re thinking about going to nursing school, and you’re reading this in the fall, you should be gearing up to start visiting your target schools, talking to advisors, and applying. Some schools have programs that start two or three times a year, so even if you’re looking at this in the spring or summer, all is not lost.

And if it’s not fall, and you’ve missed the deadlines for the nursing schools that you were interested in, there are some other steps you can take as you get ready to apply to nursing school, which we’ll get to in a minute.

Here is what you need to do to get started on your journey to getting that RN or LPN degree:

Go to your State Board of Nursing and get a list of accredited nursing schools in your state. You can do this, in most cases, by going on your favorite search engine, and typing in, just as an , “Texas Board of  Nursing “. Then, search the site for their list of accredited schools. Some sites will have it listed under education, some will have it listed under resources. If you can’t find it, call the Board of Nursing and ask. You are doing this because you want to make sure that the school is accredited by the State Board of Nursing.

For more information, and a link to all of the State Boards of Nursing, cut and paste the link below into your browser bar:

Identify the schools that offer the program that you are interested in, and that you want to attend. Most of them start having information sessions in the fall and early winter for their programs which start next summer or even next fall. Call each school that you are interested, and take notes on what you will need to apply. This is generally going to include a copy of your high school diploma, GED, or college degree.

Find out what entrance exam you will need to take – frequently the TABE or the NET – and either buy reference books that will help you pass the test or find the information online. Generally you will need a knowledge of English and some high school and possibly college level algebra – decimals, fractions, graphing, etc. Find out the dates that those tests are given at the schools that you are interested in, and take them.

For Associate’s Degree in Nursing Programs: You will need to have completed most or all of your prerequisites before you apply to the program. So, check the schools that you are interested in, find out their deadlines and prerequisites, and sign up for the prerequisite classes. It is important to keep your grades up, because nursing schools are very competitive these days.


Working With Neonatal Nurses – A Bird’s Eye View


Neonatal nurses are a difficult group to describe. I have a bird’s eye view of them, working with them yet not being one of them.

I entered their world cautiously knowing they would eat me for lunch if I so much as looked the wrong way. Forget that I had any knowledge or even a personality. I knew that first I must just exist in their world and do no harm for a very long time, and if that plan worked out, maybe I could start treating some patients. I respected their protectiveness. I couldn’t think of any group of patients in greater need of protection.

And slowly, they allowed me to be.

If you’ve never seen a NICU nurse work it’s quite amazing. They can bundle a baby as tight as any burrito in 3 seconds flat, especially if showing a new resident how to properly perform this task. Seemingly regardless of their age and/or eyesight they can start an I.V. in a vein that’s no wider than a thread or fishing line while blocking out all surrounding distractions.

And don’t kid yourself if you’re a friend of one of these nurses and you visit her with your new baby. You may think she’s just admiring his adorable face when really she’s trying to control her excitement about how good his scalp veins look in case he ever needs an I.V. in his noggin.

I’m telling you, they’re just not right.

They are meticulous about the state of the baby’s bedside and the baby himself, and are so anal that they typically revamp the entire area when they come on shift because the nurse before them wasn’t quite anal enough. This is all in the best interest of the baby of course, and for that nurse’s state of mind for the rest of the shift.

They have the ability to discern when a little 1-pound person just doesn’t seem like herself from a mile away. They will do everything in their power to convince the docs of this and will likely not let them leave for the day unless they get what they want for that baby.

NICU nurses have known forever that these babies feel pain, even though it was difficult to ‘prove’. They think about the babies on their days off, come in from home if they are dying. They provide a baby with lots of love one minute, and run to code another one the next.

They are expert at what they do.

Now that I’ve been working with them for well over a decade and they trust me not to do anything too stupid, I must say I understand them. This little world in the NICU is unique. It is at once a place of celebrating new life and the grasping for it. It has been noted to be a place of intense parental love or at times abandonment; parents sometimes lost in their own set of horrible circumstances. It is mostly happy. It is mostly positive. It can be devastating.

We tuck years of that pain into a place we pretend doesn’t exist in healthcare. We go home and kiss our children.

I can’t say enough about the dedication of this group of people. They make me laugh hysterically with the sarcasm and humor that comes with the territory. They stun me with the level of skill they take for granted and the patience with which they teach the unending line of new doctors, new nurses, and people like me.

It is an immense responsibility to dedicate your work to a place that never closes, which needs you for its smooth and competent running, where fragile babies living and dying can just be part of your day’s work. All of that for a six figure salary…………

Thank you to the NICU nurses, for your expertise, your example, and your friendship. May there be a place in heaven for you with a coffee pot, good Chinese food, and the perfect schedule!