In the year 2008, 60 percent of the total 2.6 million health care professionals' jobs in the US were from RN Nurses easily making them the largest group in their category. In fact, nursing professionals are classified according to the specialized care they are needed to provide.
For example, where the need is to take care of an elderly person, RN Nurses will provide the services of a nurse trained specifically to give primary health care; nursing care, drug administration and such special care as may be required in a specific case. In case of initial check ups and health issues, it is primary health care that is needed; RN Nurses are capable of managing issues in such cases up to a level within their competency without reference to a qualified physician at every step.
When a patient is already under a physician's prescription, the services required fall in the category of nursing care. RN Nurses are there to take charge of psychiatric care for the mentally disturbed patients; the same category of nurses is needed for pregnant women in pre-natal and post birth phases. RN Nurses can efficiently administer drugs prescribed by the attending doctor.
The services of nurses providing specialty care are required when the patients they are to be entrusted with need geriatric care for the old, cardiac care for patients with heart problems and the like. With specialized medical care being so much on the rise, it is only to be expected that the scope for nursing jobs too is getting enlarged by the day. May be the global birth rate is not on the rise but world population is clearly creating a huge demand for nursing services.
People in the age group of 46 to 65 are specifically called as associated to “boom babies” as they were born during 1947 and 1964 ie immediately after World War II; This period saw birth rate climbing to as high as 2% in 1950, down to 1.4% in 1960 and then stabilizing at below 1%. The segmentified “boom babies” are overly prone to need geriatric nursing care that is bound to raise the demand for such specialized nursing care.
The lower limit of this age group being 45, it can safely be planned that the need for geriatric nursing care professionals will constantly rise for the coming 35-40 years. Although the demand for nursing too has been severely hit by the recent recession, but the huge shortage of nurseries that exist pre-recession has made hospitals continuing to hire more nurses. RN Nurses do have a ready placement opening in private sector too making employment scenario for these nurses better than so many other professions.