Health care jobs are expected to grow 30% over the next 10 years, offering a career path with "boundless prospects for the future" and avenues for advancement, says registered nurse Ann Zenk of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. State policymakers support investing in the health care workforce, Zenk says, and more than 10,000 nurses were added in Wisconsin from 2012 to 2016.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' November employment report showed that health care added 29,500 jobs, including 25,300 in ambulatory care settings such as physician offices and outpatient care centers. Hospitals added 2,200 health care jobs.
The California University of Pennsylvania is offering a master of science degree in nursing education program to address a shortage in nursing faculty. The program is entirely online and will prepare nurse educators to teach in academic or health care settings.
Occupational health nurse Lucinda Price says her job at Dow Chemical Employee Health Clinic in Knoxville, Tenn., is a blend of her skills and past roles, including working as a clinic, emergency department and parish nurse. Because she has a "captive audience" of patients, she gets to know them very well as she provides annual screenings and treats on-the-job injuries and illnesses.
Chatham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Elkin, N.C., hired nurses who were struggling to find jobs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, to fill open nursing home positions. The nurses had been working in other areas, such as sales or food service, in Puerto Rico.
High-schoolers in Alaska recently learned about potential careers in the nursing field through the University of Alaska Anchorage's RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing program. The camp was led by the university's nursing students.
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