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Nursing: A Changing Job Climate [Infographic]

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Longer Life Expectancy, Greater Demand For Nursing Industry

Nurse Caring for Patient

Thanks to new medical breakthroughs, life expectancy is on the rise. From 2010 to 2050, officials expect a whopping 351 percent increase in the population of those 85 and older. By 2050, 16 percent of the global population is expected to be 65 or older.

With this aging population we are also seeing an uptick in the incidence of chronic diseases, which means officials also expect a shift from hospital based care to home based care.

New technologies coupled with medical advances means the state of health care will always be changing---and nurses will need to know and use these emerging technologies.

As an example, nurses proficient in Computerized Physician/Provider Order Entry---commonly called CPOE---can help reduce preventable injuries and medical error, and improve the overall health care experience for their patients.  Additionally, Electronic Health Records---or EHRs---can allow for more successful coordinated care between multiple providers as well as improved access to critical patient information. Despite the benefits, presently only 10-30 percent of physicians in the U.S. use EHRs, but this number is expected to rise.

3-D printing is another emerging technology that nurses will soon have to utilize, as providers will soon be able to make customized casts for broken arms, fashion prosthetics, hearing aids, dental fixtures and more.

Genetics is yet another field that can unlock answers about a variety of diseases and potential gene mutations. Nurses who directly interact with patients will need to be genetically competent in order to counsel their patients.

This is great news for those interesting in the nursing field, as 4-6 months after graduation 90 percent of nurses are working full time---and the job prospects only continue to grow!


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TOMORROW'S NURSE

TRENDS IN MEDICINE

<65 22%
65+ 188%
85+ 351%

With an increase in average life expectancy, we now see an increase in the older generational cohorts of the population.

Globally, there's a projected 351% increase between 2010 and 2050 for the 85 and over population compared to a 188% increase for 65 and over and a 22% increase for the population under 65

 

A SHIFT IN THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISEASE

  • 86% of diseases are not non-communicable
  • 4 out of 5 older U.S. citizens have multiple chronic medical conditions
  • Life expectancy is reduced by 1.8 years with each additional chronic condition
  • 60% of those 67 or older have three or more chronic conditions

INCREASED HOME-BASED CARE

With an aging population and an increasing incidence of chronic diseases, we will soon see a shift from hospital-based care to home-based care as more individuals demand help with aging at home.

 

USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Changing standards for technology in health care by law and medical advances necessitate broadening the scope of technology nurses are expected to know and use

 

Computerized Physician/Provider Order entry (CPOE)

Improving CPOE is associated with a 55% decrease in medication errors. Between 2008 and 2012, hospital CPOE adoption rose 167%.

Nurses proficient in CPOE could:

  • reduce preventable injuries
  • reduce medical errors
  • improve the health care experience for patients

 

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

EHRs allow for better coordinated care between multiple providers with improved access to critical patient information

Only 10% - 30% of physicians in the U.S. use EHRs despite the benefits

 

3-D Printing

Health care providers trained to use a 3-D printer could make customized casts for broken arms, artificial limbs, hearing aids, dental fixtures, and more. Eventually 3-D printing may be used for bio-printing human organs for transplants.

 

GENOMICS

Genetics are the key to unlocking answers about many diseases. Testing can be used for screening a variety of diseases and gene mutations.

Genetic testing is now available to the public without the help of a primary care provider.

Nurses directly interact with patients and will need to be GENOMICALLY COMPETENT

They may guide and counsel patients through results from genetic testing

They may be expected to educate patients about the basics of relevance of genomics

 

SHORTAGE CREATING DEMAND

NURSING
SHORTAGE

PHYSICIAN
SHORTAGE

 

82% of nurses and 81% of doctors perceived a nursing shortage in the past decade

The American Hospital Association reported an 8.5% vacancy rate in nursing job openings

17% vacancy rate for nurses at hospitals

A physician shortage is increasing the demand for nurse practitioners to fill the gap in primary care

18% vacancy rate for physicians at hospitals

In nearly half the states across the U.S., at least 20% of the population is living in a primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)

 

EDUCATION

BSN
Bachelor's degree in nursing may become mandatory minimum

Hospitals where a higher proportion of direct care RNs have a four-year degree have lower mortality rates

Only 55% of the RN workforce holds a bachelors or higher

The Institute of Medicine aims to have 80% of RNs holding a bachelors or higher by 2020

43.7% of hospitals and other health care facilities require new hires to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree

78.6% express a strong preference for BSN graduates

MSN 
Masters of Science in Nursing offers career advancement and advanced clinical roles of specialization, such as a Clinical Nurse Leader

The current demand for nurses with master's or doctoral degrees for advanced practice, clinical specialties, teaching, and research roles far outstrips the supply

4-6 months after graduation, 90% of MSNs are working full-time

Only 13.2% of the nation's registered nurses hold either a master's or doctoral degree

 

JOB PROSPECTS

1.13 million NEW RNs are projected to be needed for new jobs or replacements between 2012 and 2022

30 states are projected to have annual growth rates of 15% or more for RNs

67% of nursing master's degree graduates had a job offer at the time of graduation

AVERAGE RN SALARIES

$86,910 Registered Nurses

$70,200 Nursing instructors and teachers, post-secondary

$95,070 Nurse practitioners

$109,352 All advanced practice registered nurses

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

School of Nursing and Health Professions

onlinemsn.usfca.edu



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  • From 2010 to 2050, officials expect a whopping 351 percent increase in the population of those 85 and older.
  • With this aging population we are also seeing an uptick in the incidence of chronic diseases, which means officials also expect a shift from hospital based care to home based care.
  • New technologies coupled with medical advances means the state of health care will always be changing---and nurses will need to know and use these emerging technologies.
  • This is great news for those interesting in the nursing field, as 4-6 months after graduation 90 percent of nurses are working full time---and the job prospects only continue to grow!