Here's a guest post from Julie Blanche at Nursing Student Tutor.
5 Reasons Now is a Great Time to Advance Your Nursing Degree
Are you a nurse who has been mulling over the idea of going back to school for an advanced degree or certification in the nursing field? Now is an excellent time to take the plunge that will bring your career to new levels in the coming years. But what makes now such a great time?
Beat the Rush
The "Baby Boomer" generation is now aging fast. This means that there is a greater need than ever before for specialized fields in the career or nursing just as the need for regular nurses is growing. Getting in now for an advanced degree will give you a head start when needs rise and shortages in these specialized position reaches critical stages.
This means you have the opportunity to get in now and get your education, and some experience, before the need, and as a result compensation, for these nursing positions really sees a huge increase. You'll be out of school with your advanced degree in hand gaining valuable practical experience while others are just beginning to enroll in these programs. It's a win-win situation for you.
Earn the Respect of your Peers
The sooner you do this, the sooner you are available for advancement. This will not only earn you the respect of your peers but also those who make hiring decisions. Administrators love to see nurses who are real go-getters. They want to see nurses that are committed to success on a personal and professional level. This is just one more way to earn respect and admiration by the people who can help you seriously advance your career.
Gain Valuable Personal Fulfillment
If you're thinking about it now, then now is a good time to do it. You'll feel better about yourself and be in a position that is much better suited to help the people you care for once you earn your advanced degree and certifications in the nursing field.
No career move is a good move if it doesn't work to make you feel good about yourself, your future, and the world of possibilities ahead of you. There are very few advanced degrees in nursing that do not provide nurses the opportunity to really help other people. If this is your goal then advanced studies, education, and training can help you achieve that goal.
In a world where almost every industry is being negatively impacted by the economy there is one field that is growing in demand and income. That is the medical field. Why is that? The laws of supply and demand make this growth possible. People are living longer. Baby boomers are aging. The population of the world is growing and so is the need for qualified professionals to care for all these people.
The more specialized and "in demand" the skill is, the greater the compensation or income for those who are qualified will be. All nurses, for the time being, enjoy some degree of financial security and job stability. The higher the degree and certification the greater the possibilities for income and demand become.