This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of nurse practitioner schools . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: email@example.com, or at her blog at nursepractionersschools.org/
There are very few jobs in the world that are as demanding as nursing – they are responsible for patient welfare at a more personal level than doctors and so tend to be affected and touched by their pain and trouble more easily. Although it pays well, it’s not as lucrative as being a doctor or even in administrative positions in a hospital. Perhaps this is why America is facing a shortage of nurses.
According to a recent survey, the average age of a nurse is 47, and more than half of the nurses questioned said they would retire sometime in the next ten years. To meet the upcoming shortage of nurses, more youngsters must be encouraged to take up this profession now, and the only way to do this is by introducing healthcare reforms that are advantageous to nurses.
Although President Obama has said that the proposed reforms will not affect anyone adversely, that it seeks to provide more options for all those who are in need of healthcare and that the costs would be taken care of by reducing waste in the healthcare system and making it more efficient, his statements have to be taken with more than a pinch of salt, especially when it comes to nurses and the nursing industry in general.
According to the American Health Care Association, the proposal plans to reduce budgets to nursing homes over the next 10 years. This means that the first costs to be cut are those associated with the jobs related to nursing and care-giving. So when nurses are forced out of a job, does this bode well for the healthcare industry?
On the other hand though, the reforms are going to emphasize the need for more primary care, because this is one way of preventing the onset of more serious and chronic conditions. This means that nurses and nurse practitioners are going to be in demand. Although nurse practitioners work under the supervision of doctors, they are pretty much on their own in rural areas that are underserved.
One additional reason to go into nursing is that you could get your education loans written off if you are willing to work in underserved areas. At a time like this, you could use this opportunity to become a nurse practitioner at the minimum cost, gain more experience in practicing medicine, and improve your outlook for job opportunities.
Thanks, Adrienne. Good Points.