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Nursing Jobs in Plentiful Supply
Even in the toughest job markets, nurses are always in high demand and nursing jobs are plentiful. Nursing students often find themselves with many job offers to choose from, even before they have graduated.
The starting salary range for nursing jobs in the United States is between $30,000 and $45,000, with excellent benefits.
Types of Nursing Jobs
Far from doing the same things every day, nurses can specialize in any field of medicine, just as doctors do. Many nursing jobs offer further specialization within a particular field of medicine. As an example, a Pediatrics Nurse, who works with children from infancy to late teens, might further specialize in immunology or oncology. With so many different specialization fields in medicine, it can be difficult for nurses to decide on the type of nursing jobs to choose from.
Men and women who have earned Master’s Degrees in nursing become Advanced Practice Nurses whose roles are as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse-anesthetists, RN first assistants, certified nurse-midwives, and nurse psychotherapists.
Many jobs performed by nurses are outside of hospital settings. Flight/transport nurses provide intensive care while transporting patients in helicopters or ambulances. Nurse-attorneys, who have degrees in both nursing and the law, represent health care professionals in court. Nurses work in correctional facilities, in the military, in schools and in children’s camps.
Nurses who specialize in domestic violence work with children, adults, and the elderly who are victims of domestic violence. They work in clinics and shelters and do research to prevent domestic violence.
Nurses who specialize in ethics may serve on ethics committees or sometimes work in legal settings.
Nurses may be educators, researchers, advocates, legal consultants, or writers and historians. Nurses with business degrees may be managers, executives, or even CEOs. Nurses whose field is overseas, development, volunteer, or refugee nursing work at home and abroad with non-profit organizations, bringing basic health care to distressed communities.
There is even a field called transcultural nursing, in which nurses provide care and comfort to individuals and families from different cultures based upon the specific needs for physical, emotional, and spiritual care that are dictated by those cultures.
Nursing jobs are among the most flexible, with a plentiful supply of full-time and part-time jobs available. Nurses who have left the profession for many years to raise families or return to school find that when they return years later, they are still in demand.
It is estimated that by the year 2020, there will be a shortage of 800,000 nurses. With people living longer and needing more health care, the healthcare industry is considered to be one of the best areas in which to get and keep jobs now and for a long time to come.