The Future Of Nursing - Nursing Home Jobs
According to the Occupational Outlook guide, the nursing profession is among the
fastest growing of all career paths. Within nursing, the single specialty
expected to grow by leaps and bounds is gerontology.
The aging of the baby boomers has increased the average age of the typical
patient. According to one survey, patients over 65 make up 60 percent of adult
primary visits, 48 percent of inpatient hospital admissions and 85 percent of
nursing home residents.
By the year 2020 - less than 15 years from now - a study from Occupational
Health and Safety Administration predicts that the need for registered nurses
in nursing homes will increase 66 percent, for licensed practical and vocational
nurses by 72 percent and the need for certified nursing assistants will increase
by 69 percent. For nurses working in home health settings - which include
"managed care" nursing home settings - those numbers are even higher - well
above 250 percent increase in nurses needed at every level of licensing.
In other words, if you're planning a career in nursing or are already a nurse,
there are thousands of jobs available for you in nursing homes and chronic care
facilities. The face of geriatric nursing has also changed considerably over the
past decades. If your image of a nursing home is one of bleak halls and
hopeless, helpless patients, then a visit to many of today's nursing homes will
offer an unexpected and pleasant surprise.
Nursing Home Jobs In the New Millennium
This generation of seniors is more active and more determined than any other
that has come before them. It's led to major changes in the practice of long
term elder care. If you decide that a nursing home job is for you, here are some
of the options that you can explore.
On Site Nurse in Senior Housing
Many seniors don't need round the clock nursing care, but do need some nursing
supervision. Senior housing communities often have an on-site nurse who is
available to help residents with medication problems, take care of routine
medical care and be available in case of an emergency. The nurse on site will
also often consult with doctors who work with individual residents to help
manage any medical care that they need. The pay scale is generally quite good,
and the hours closer to a regular work week than in many other geriatric nursing jobs.
Continuing Care Retirement Community Nursing Jobs
Unlike traditional nursing homes, residents of CCRCs have and maintain their
own apartments with whatever support they require to remain as independent as
possible. Nursing job opportunities in CCRCs range from managed care nursing
similar to the duties of a head nurse in a hospital to providing personal care
to individual residents. CCRCs offer opportunities for skilled nursing care,
medical case management and licensed practical nursing.