According to Professor Philip Greiner, the director of the School of Nursing at San Diego State University and member of the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing’s future task force, a number of changes await the future of nursing careers.
With the evolution of medical technology and the implementation of ACA (Affordable Care Act), nursing will undergo even more changes in the future. Some of these changes include a transition from hospitals settings to long-term care facilities or home-based settings and a new higher standard for nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Greiner also mentioned that in order to increase the competency of nurses, some hospitals have initiated nurse residency programs. In this way, hospitals are more likely to prevent problems from happening rather than dealing with them after they occur.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 19 percent growth in nursing employment between 2012 and 2022. However, many believe that there will still be lack of nurses in the near future as a result of more chronic diseases and the obesity epidemic.
Cheryl Parker, a San Diego-based RN-BC, provided some insights into the changing roles of nurses: she noted that under the influence of aging society, there is a visible increase in demand for nurses that specialize in care of elderly and who can work independently. Also, more care will be provided at a transitional setting and at home as in-patient hospital length of stays decrease. “I believe we will see more primary care services provided by nurse practitioners. As more people have access to insurance coverage (under the Affordable Care Act) the focus is shifting to preventive care in order to help our population stay as healthy as possible.” She predicted.
In summary, there will be a rise in demand for nurses in the near future, especially for those that are better educated and specialize in elderly care. If you are interested in finding a healthcare job, contact De Vore Recruiting at 877-411-4358.