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5 Career Benefits of a Ph.D in Nursing
By: CareerCast.com
If you feel called to a career in nursing practice, you may, like many nurses, feel that you’re done with school after earning an ADN or BSN. But there’s so much more to the nursing profession, and so much further you can go beyond the undergraduate level. Many registered nurses decide, at some point in their careers, that they’d like to go further, and pursue advanced nursing education. A Ph.D. in Nursing is a research-focused doctoral degree that is one of the highest degrees you can earn in the profession. This degree primarily prepares nurses for a career in nursing ... more
Is a Travel Nurse Career Right for Me?
By: CareerCast.com
Nursing careers can span a wide array of positions in varying environments. One particularly interesting subset is that of traveling nurses. Given the growth within the medical industry combined with increased nursing specialization, traveling nurses are more in demand than ever. But taking your career on the road is not for everyone. Along with the benefits a traveling job can offer, there are also many difficulties that must be considered. Compensation Traveling nurses earn premium compensation in return for filling vacancies and short-term staffing shortages throughout the country. In addition, relocation expenses are often covered in part, if not entirely, ... more
Nursing Prospects Expected To Continue Strong Outlook
By: CareerCast.com
Brookings analyst Martha Ross said health care remains a bright spot for employment growth. "Even though the health care field is in the midst of major changes, it remains a labor-intensive enterprise," she said. "Employment will only grow as baby boomers age and are more likely to use health care services." Health care employs about 14.5 million people nationwide and accounts for 10.3 percent of jobs nationally. "It's one of the few industries that has shown nothing but steadily upward growth in employment over the past decade," Ross said. Even with some staffing adjustments, hospitals are still continually hiring due ... more
Measures To Boost Nursing Home Care A Potential Boon For Nursing Jobs
By: CareerCast.com
At the White House Conference on Aging, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed new rules to improve the care of approximately 1.5 million elderly who reside in more than 15,000 long-term care (LTC) facilities nationwide. The proposal aims to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections, improve quality care, and strengthen safety measures for these Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, according to statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The proposed rule, which was released on July 13, is a major overhaul of nursing home care and is expected to cost the industry approximately $729 million in ... more
Why RN's Should Pursue a Bachelor's Degree
By: CareerCast.com
Job opportunities are strong nationally for registered nurses who only hold an associate’s degree. So why does it make sense for many nurses to return to school, and for aspiring nurses to stay in school until they earn a bachelor's degree? Many reasons, with money at the top of the list. A BSN program is more in-depth than any other registered nursing training curricula, and can include courses on theory, as well as such business issues as human resources and office management. Having the degree translates into a $5,000 increase in your median salary, according to a report conducted by ... more
Opportunities Available For Travel Nurses
By: CareerCast.com
The adventure of travel nursing sounds exciting, but nurses who are considering this career option should weigh the pros against the cons. For example, travel agencies may not offer sick time or vacation pay benefits, and nurses can be financially penalized if they don't complete a 40-hour work week. In addition, travel nurses are usually expected to stay to complete a patient assignment that takes longer than anticipated, just like the permanent staff. Taking call, working weekends or being assigned to different shifts may also be a part of the job, but for some travel assignments, such as those at ... more
Workplace Independence Helps Nurses Thrive
By: CareerCast.com
Patients fare better when nurse practitioners are able to exercise the full extent of their skills, according to a new report. The study, published in Nursing Outlook, revealed a “significant relationship” between the full practice of nurse practitioners and decreased hospitalization rates for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. University of Missouri (MU) researchers say the study supports assertions that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can help relieve the shortage of healthcare workers and provide much-needed care to underserved populations. “APRNs have graduate-level educations; when you get APRNs into nursing homes, they help improve the overall quality of care because they have ... more