The World Health Organization says that close to 6 million more nurses will be needed by 2030, and the world needs to act now to prevent a shortage of nurses. The greatest need will be in poorer nations, but more economically advanced countries also will face shortages.
Illinois nursing school officials say interest in nursing programs is high and programs are filling up for the fall. Jennifer O'Connor, dean of health sciences at Heartland Community College, said a difficult job market overall and the sense that nursing has employment stability and a good income are factors.
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The pandemic, economy and political situation are all causes of chronic stress that require leaders to take care of themselves, help people who seem to be withdrawing and communicate an optimistic but realistic message about the future, writes Michael Lee Stallard. "Effective leaders continually look ahead, scanning the horizon for opportunities as well as possible disruptive challenges or threats, and they prepare to address them," he writes.
More high-school students are expected to enroll in dual-enrollment courses -- particularly online -- this year at Jefferson State Community College in Alabama. Scholarships also are available for high-schoolers interested in enrolling in the courses, including in nursing, welding and computer science.
Although work from home is new to many workers, there are plenty of jobs that have been remote for a while, including nurses who answer patients' questions, medical scheduler, mortgage underwriter and geospatial analyst. If applying for one of these jobs, make sure to highlight your remote communications skills and include specific computer programs you have used.
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