This is an exciting time to enter the professional field of nursing. Nursing provides a career path for graduates who desire to make a significant impact in the lives of others. Nurses are employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, community health, schools, businesses, etc.
Growing Demand for RNs
The 2010 to 2020 projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics state the following:
"The Registered Nursing workforce is the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020. It is expected that the number of employed nurses will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020, an increase of 712,000 or 26%. The projections further explain the need for 495,500 replacements in the nursing workforce bringing the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacement to 1.2 million."
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