Joycelyn Ghansah is a former Healthcare Organizer with a background public health, include reproductive and sexual health. When she's not freelance writing, she's transcribing interviews and researching ways to strengthen healthcare labor laws.
Are you wondering if it’s the right time to take a leap to become a nurse?
As the stress and fear of COVID-19 continue to loom over the world and healthcare workers struggle to care for patients, this may not seem like the best time to become a nurse, but it is. Now more than ever, there is a high demand for healthcare professionals. If you’ve ever thought about a career in healthcare, wondered how you could be of service to those in need, or felt a call to action, maybe now is the time to pursue nursing.
Schools and facilities have scrambled to recruit nurses even before COVID-19. Due to the increase in cases, pressure, and health effects, many nurses have quit; leaving several facilities understaffed and looking to hire. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has predicted that there will be a need for 203,700 new RNs each year through 2026. This means that there are vacant nursing positions around the country and will continue even after the pandemic.
With facilities understaffed, many are offering pay incentives and training for nursing students, recent graduates, and experienced nurses. Staffing nursing agencies are offering quarantine pay, stipends for emergency or at-risk areas, sign-on bonuses. Many facilities need caring nurses and will give incentives to their employees. Remember to ask the staffing agency about their incentive programs, i.e crisis pay, and concerns you may have.
Question: Am I able to become a nurse with a bachelor’s degree in another field?
The profession offers a sense of financial security and the industry is overflowing with opportunities and room to grow. One of the highest pay for nurses is around $167,950 a year (for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists). Not encouraging you to apply for nursing just for a stable income or because of the employment rates, but nursing has always been a profession with a stable income.
With an increasing number of government-funded training, nursing has become inclusive and inviting to individuals who want to train and serve. Organizations and governmental officials are working together to help hire and train new healthcare workers. This includes various specialties of nursing, from pediatrics to mental health, officials are working on bills and incentives which would ease the shortage of nurses and attract individual interest in nursing.
Nursing has about 100 nursing specialties, from pediatrics to oncology, there is a specialty for everyone. Here are some examples:
Check out Rasmussen College’s, Top 25 Types of Nurses Employers Are Looking to Hire for a complete list of specialties, relevant nursing information i.e certification, education, and pay.
As the country quarantines, healthcare workers and officials continue to navigate through telehealth. With virtual appointments and communication becoming the norm, facilities will train healthcare workers to incorporate technology into patient care. This new specialty will increase demand for nurses who have direct patient care but can incorporate indirect care.
First, research programs and specialties to see what interests you. If you’re new to nursing, have a degree in another discipline, or interested in a BSN, LVN, or any other specialty, it’s best to connect with schools about their programs. You can also connect with nursing associations to learn more about learning, specialties, and ask general nursing questions.
While nurses experience many stressful situations, especially during the pandemic, they still make a difference in patients’ lives. Nursing allows you to care and advocate for others, which is why it’s one of the most rewarding careers in the world. It’s a good time to join the healthcare profession and become a nurse if you’re looking to make a difference and care for those in need.
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