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Nursing Specialties: What’s in High Demand (and What it Means for Your Career!)

Nurses are currently in high demand. This is due to several key factors: an aging nursing workforce, an aging population of baby boomers, more people seeking healthcare due to the Affordable Care Act, and more people living with complicated, chronic health conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the nursing field is growing faster than the national average in comparison to all other jobs, and is expected to grow 26 percent between now and 2020. This is great news for nurses: not only will you continue to have stable employment, you’ll be able to explore different specialties within the nursing field.

Nursing specialties currently in hot demand

As you continue to grow in your career, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try new and different roles. If you choose to work in a specialty that’s currently booming, the demand for your skills will be that much higher. The following specialties are great choices:

  • Palliative care. Nurses in this specialty treat patients with serious illnesses, helping to relieve their symptoms and stress, and improve their quality of life. In light of healthcare reform, palliative care helps reduce healthcare costs through fewer and shorter hospitalizations. As more of our population ages, the demand for nurses in this specialty is expected to increase.
  • Nurse practitioner. Our country is currently facing a primary care physician shortage. Since nurse practitioners are able to perform many medical services without physician supervision—including patient treatments and the prescription of medications—the demand for nurses in this specialty will continue to increase.
  • Perioperative care. Nurses specializing in perioperative care—the certifications of which include Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPN), Certified Postanesthesia Nurse (CPAN), Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) or Certified RN First Assistant (CRNFA)—help greatly improve the outcomes of surgical patients. For this reason, perioperative nurses are in high demand.
  • If you choose to focus on becoming a Certified Dialysis Nurse, you’ll enjoy plenty of career opportunities helping kidney patients who rely on dialysis machines. Nurses in this specialty are also in demand on cruise ships.

You’ve made an excellent career choice

As a nurse, you’ll be able to enjoy a rewarding career helping to improve the lives of your patients. And you’ll be able to steer your career toward a wide array of available niches and job experiences.

Are you looking for your next position?

If you’re a nurse who specializes in a particular field, or you’re simply looking for your next nursing opportunity, MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help. We work with travel nurses for placement across the country. To learn more, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!