Students from Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, and Zion Lutheran in Deerfield Beach recently participated in the Nursing Consortium of South Floridas annual Day in the Life of a Nurse program, hosted by Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale for the 10th consecutive year.
The full-day program allowed students to learn about nursing careers by touring key hospital departments, shadowing nurses and participating in various activities, including an interactive skills lab where students used a life-size simulation mannequin to learn nursing skills such as CPR.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all other occupations.
There is a critical need for new nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the aging baby boomer population, especially with the increased national emphasis on preventive care, Holy Cross Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist Lorraine Fueyo, RN, MSN, CNS, CNS-BC, said in a news release. As nurses retire from the field and an increasing number of health problems are treated with technological advances, young adults are predicted to find strong career opportunities in this field.