San Francisco, CA- (NursingSalary.org)- Over the past few years, you may have heard that nursing went into a recession for demand of workers. There were several people going into nursing degrees which meant that a lot of jobs were being filled. This year, however, changed almost everything. It all started with the health care reform bill that will most likely give everyone free health insurance. This means that everyone will get to go to the doctor’s office whenever they would like to. Because of this, more nurses will also be in demand. Many nurses of today can remember back in college, before they even graduated, that they would have several job offers for whenever they graduated. This was obviously very exciting news to have a great job offer like that in their hands before they even got their diploma. Soon after that though, nurses found it very difficult to get jobs. Some did of course, but it was not as common as it used to be.
By the year of 2025, it is predicted by Vanderbilt’s Peter Buerhaus that there will be a shortage of nurses as high as 260,000. He believes that this has a lot to do with the baby boom generation reaching an older age. He also went on to say that the health care reform bill, as mentioned above, will have a big impact on the shortage of registered nurses. This is obviously the biggest factor in my opinion because how many people do you know that get an illness, but they decide not to go to the doctor because they simply cannot afford it? There are tons of people out there like that, but now that all of their doctor’s visits will be basically free, you can bet that they will go whenever they wish.
With all of these facts stated, if you are considering to go to nursing school, then you should seriously pursue it. Chances are, you will have no troubles at all in finding a nursing job. There will be many job openings; one other fact that should make you feel even better is that ¾ of nursing jobs that were filled between the years of 2001 and 2008 were filled by people over the age of 50. This means that even those people will be retiring, which will open up even more nursing positions. You should definitely go pursue a nursing degree.