Saturday February 24th 2018

Strong futures

What are the nursing careers with the most promising futures? Nurse.com examines the prospects of several specialties with the help of ANA’s Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC.

“Probably the biggest area of need is in the family practice and gerontology area, based on our aging population,” Bickford stated. According to the federal government’s Administration on Aging, one in every five Americans will be older than 65 by 2030.  There will be more patients with more chronic conditions and co-morbidities to manage as the population ages. Additionally, when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it effectively opened up health care coverage to 30 million additional people. Those people will need primary care services.”

According to Bickford, informatics nursing has become a specialty with increasing significance as technology evolves and puts more responsibilities on the shoulders of health care organization’s leaders — especially now that hospitals are working to implement electronic health records (EHR) systems to meet requirements set out by the federal government.

Other nursing specialties appear to hold a great deal of promise, as well. Bickford noted that advanced practice nurses, including nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and CRNAs, are likely to have many opportunities.

— Mary McNamara is the senior public relations specialist at ANA.

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