The nursing and healthcare field is what many are calling recession proof. The registered nurse can enjoy a wide variety of different choices for their chosen employment. A nursing education would serve a person well, as nursing is one of those occupations that will always be in demand.
The registered nurse has the choice of working in a clinical acute setting, or in an office setting. Nursing opportunities exist in hospitals, nursing homes, insurance
companies, doctor's offices, schools, and even in some dentist's or oral surgeon's offices. Nursing is a profession that enjoys a very competitive salary and if the
nurse chooses employment in a hospital setting, the benefits packages are usually second to none.
Nursing homes are hiring nurses on a consistant basis. Many registered nurses shy away from nursing homes, or long term care facilities because of the negative
light that they've been shown in lately. However, employment in a nursing home can afford the nurse much flexibility with their schedules. Another benefit to
working in a nursing home is that it can be a great environment for a new graduate to get their feet wet, or for a returning to the workforce nurse who decides
to re-enter the field after years away from it. The patient acuity level is usually lower in the long term care facility, and it can allow the new or returning nurse to gain valuable clinical skills.
Many hospitals now offer preceptor and specialty training programs for registered nurses. This can be a great benefit to the nurse who doesn't have experience in a certain area of expertise, but wants to work in that area nonetheless. Hospital nursing now allows their nursing employees to work a variety of shift and hour
combinations such as four, six, eight or even twelve hour shifts. The hospital nurse can even choose to work two twelve hour shifts and get paid for a full forty
Nursing is one of those rare careers that one can come back to, even years later and garner a high salary as a re-entry nurse. In this precarious economy, the
security of a nursing career is one of the greatest benefits of the profession.
Another specialty area of nursing is called the MDS Coordinator. This is a clerical position that requires the clinical experience of the registered nurse, but in an
administrative capacity. This nursing position requires the nurse to be proficient in the rules and regulations of Medicare and Medicaid as it pertains to payment
reimbursement. Insurance companies are always looking for clinically experienced registered nurses for employment in the capacity of the case management
nurse or workman's compensation.
Home nursing, or home health nursing is becoming a very popular employment choice among registered nurses. It affords autonomy to the nurse and the
flexibility to make their own schedule and even work out of their home. Home nursing can be a very lucrative career choice for the registered nurse, because
these nurses are in very high demand. There is some travel involved, but most times, the nurse gets reimbursed for their expenses.
Whichever nursing specialty the registered nurse chooses, the industry is thriving and the nurse is virtually guaranteed employment in the ever booming health care industry.