I am a single 40-year-old with no children who was recently laid off from my job of ten years at a medical education company. I am considering nursing because it seems to me to be recession proof. I really need to pick a new career that will give me job security because I am on my own. I’m not sure I will be able to handle needles and IVs, but maybe Im just afraid. I also don’t think I would want to work in a hospital forever. I am feeling overwhelmed and in desperate need of guidance. Is nursing informatics a good path to take?
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Considering Nursing,
The truth is there is no job security anywhere today and no guarantees, no matter what profession you choose. Even the nursing job market fluctuates between excesses and shortages. Right now the nursing job market is very tight, especially in the hospitals. Nursing informatics is a hot and growing field.
All that being said, nursing is one profession with a brighter future than most. There will be an increased need for nurses moving forward as the population ages. Also, many baby boomers, who make up a large percentage of the current nursing workforce, will eventually be leaving the hospital setting en masse throughout the next ten years.
It is important to note that only half of all nurses work in hospitals. The rest work in other inpatient settings, such as nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient and business settings. Roles for nurses beyond the hospital and traditional patient care settings, including informatics, are ever expanding. There is no more diverse profession on the planet.
Try working in a hospital as a patient care technician or nurse’s aide to help you decide if this is the profession for you and if you could get through nursing school. If you do go on to nursing school, this work experience will serve you well.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another major, consider an accelerated or second-degree BSN program. You’ll get through it quicker.