The field of nursing is currently one of the fastest-growing professions. There is also a large shortage of registered nurses, far below the number needed to fill the expected positions that will be available by 2018. In 2008, there were 2.6 million nursing positions in the United States, both filled and unfilled. Over the last 10 years, that number has grown significantly, and in 2018, 3.2 million nursing jobs are expected to exist, with an expected shortage of 200,000 nurses.
The majority of nursing positions, more than 60 percent, are in hospitals, but the number of private practices opening will require more nurses in doctor’s offices over the next few years as well. With older nurses retiring, and not enough new applicants available to fill all the positions, the opportunity for securing a lucrative career in nursing is higher than ever
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