Among all the career paths, nursing is the fastest growing profession of all times. Furthermore, nurses aspire to master the specialty to grow in their career and one such highly preferred specialty is gerontology. According to a survey, the average age of patients has increased, which means, patients over 65 make up 60 percent of adult primary visits, 48 percent of inpatient hospital admissions and 85 percent of nursing home residents. Moreover, a study from Occupational Health and Safety Administration predicts that – By the year 2020, the need for registered nurses in nursing homes will increase 66%, for licensed practical and vocational nurses by 72% and the need for certified nursing assistants will increase by 69%.For nurses working in home health settings - which include 'managed care' nursing home settings - those numbers are even higher - well above 250% increase in nurses needed at every level of licensing.
When it comes to professional nurses working in a full-time job, it’s quite difficult for them to spare time in pursuing further education. Still, there are many enthusiasts, who despite the difficulties, foresee the advantages of continuing education and specialize in their choice of specialty to ripe the benefits throughout their career. For those, who are still unsure or need some firm reasons to boost up their morale, here are the three key advantages we are listing for them.
There's no chance you haven't interacted with a nurse in your entire lifetime. Have you ever visited a hospital? Have you ever got home care because of an accident or illness? If not, once in a while, you must have surely visited at least one medical clinic or you must have called a health care hotline.