Like most segments of the economy, the nursing industry is in a state of significant transition under the weight of major overarching socioeconomic dynamics — from the aging U.S. population and the Affordable Care Act to the student-loan crisis and concerns about the future of key entitlement programs. But such concerns are not unique among recent graduates, regardless of industry.
More specific to nursing professionals are the various day-to-day demands placed on them, such as mandatory overtime, over-staffing, unionization and allegations of systemic disrespect. Despite those challenges, however, aspiring nurses have much to look forward to upon certification. Nursing occupations are some of the most lucrative careers with the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. In fact, the industry is expected to grow at more than double the rate of the average occupation through 2024.
IHPI member Patricia Abbott, Ph.D., R.N., answers a variety of questions about the long-term outlook of the field of nursing as well as other items.