Stable, meaningful jobs can be challenging to find in this modern-day economy. Fortunately, the need for nurses has never been higher.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau Report, the number of U.S. residents older than 64 will be roughly 83.7 million by 2050. This means that the need for qualified nurses is only going to increase as the years go on, making a nursing career as stable as any in the United States.
A rewarding career with outstanding benefits
Nursing is a gratifying job that requires compassion, dedication, and loving nature. Many organizations allow nurses to work a three-day, 36 hours-per-week work schedule. But, the real benefit of being a registered nurse is knowing that you're helping someone who desperately needs it. Nurses can work in a variety of settings, too, so employees are never forced to feel "trapped" in a position they don't enjoy. These settings include:
- Home (ambulatory) settings
- Critical care (hospice) settings
Each form of nursing has its own unique set of benefits. Hospice care, according to Treasure Coast Hospice CEO Jackie Kendrick, takes dedication to a mission to be successful. "Hospice healthcare is the most important healthcare there is. You have to be willing to be that hand in the dark, to be the last kind words somebody hears. You're making a difference every day." Rony Sinvil, RN, BSN at Treasure Coast Hospice says, “I didn’t choose hospice. Hospice chose me.”
Attainable education and learning opportunities
Typically speaking, registered nurses must have a four-year bachelor's degree (BSN) to become a nurse. However, there are some RN-to-BSN programs designed explicitly for RNs who only have either an associate degree or nursing diploma. Some of the core classes you will be required to take are:
- Nursing research
- Nursing care of the older adult
Nurses are encouraged to continue their education after they receive their degree through valuable CEU courses. These courses help keep nurses up-to-date on all of the yearly medical advances of doctors and scientists.
Why wait any longer?
Whatever your nursing hopes and dreams are, know that they are attainable, and they will pay off. Over the next five years, the employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 16 percent—more than double the national average. With flexible hours and competitive salaries available, there may not be a more sought-after job in today's world.
Organizations like Treasure Coast Hospice need good nurses to help their patients in times of need. Do yourself a favor and consider this challenging, eye-opening, and satisfying career that truly allows you to make a difference.
Treasure Coast Hospice is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving patients and families in Martin and St. Lucie counties in the state of Florida.
For more information on career opportunities with Treasure Coast Hospice, visit TreasureaHealth.org.