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Becoming a nurse
You’ve picked a great time to explore a career in nursing, because you’ve never been needed more! These days, many hospitals are reporting that 10 percent or more of their budgeted positions for registered nurses are vacant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for nurses is expected to grow much faster than other careers – at least 27 percent by the year 2014.
As the baby boomer population ages and their health care needs increase, as nurses retire faster than new ones come into the field – the demand for registered nurses only gets stronger.
Because of the high demand, registered nurses are now able to command a very respectable salary. According to Salary.Com, the median salary for a registered nurse in the United States is currently 9,061.
What does this mean for you? It means that with a degree as a Registered Nurse, you can earn a great salary and you have endless opportunities for employment in a wide variety of settings. You can work with children, with the elderly, in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, for the federal government, in resorts, on cruise ships, in the criminal justice system, in clinics, in schools, and in so many other places we can’t list them all. Because nurses are needed around the clock, you can pick what shifts you want to work, and if you need extra money you can work all of the overtime that you can handle.