The passage of the Affordable Care Act means more than 32 million Americans will gain access to additional preventative health care services, and registered nurses will play an important role in this health care expansion. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for registered nurses is expected to grow by 26 percent through 2020. In addition to an increased emphasis on preventative care, technological advancements in health care and the increased demand for health care services for the aging Baby Boomer generation will fuel growth in the nursing field. Besides putting additional strains on the health care system, the aging of the Baby Boomer generation means that a large segment of the nursing population is also reaching retirement age. Employers need to recruit younger nurses to replace those who are about to retire and provide opportunities for retiring nurses to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of nursing professionals. Nurse practitioner programs across the country have been challenged to meet the need for more nursing professionals and to empower the next generation of nurses with the 21st century skills needed to provide care in today's changing health care arena. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nursing schools had to turn away more than 67,000 qualified prospective students in 2010 due to shortages in teaching faculty, classroom space, and clinical sites. The increased demand for nursing faculty means that more nurses are needed in the education realm. Experienced nurses who can combine clinical expertise with a passion for teaching are needed to mentor the next generation of nurses. As a nurse educator, these nurses will prepare the future nursing workforce for the ever-changing health care environment. In addition to designing and implementing degree programs that lead to certification, they will provide the continuing education programs that are needed to update working nurses as new technology and medical advances become available. The next generation of nurses will require increased education in nursing informatics. Although many nursing schools use educational technology, the National League for Nursing reports that schools need to focus more on practice technology. Too few nursing students are being prepared to work in a health care environment that is increasingly reliant on sophisticated technology. No nurse of the future can afford to enter the workforce unconnected to medical information technology. Despite the increased demand for nursing professionals, studies have found that fewer than half of high school-age students are considering careers in science or health care. Students say this is because they don't understand what these careers entail or they feel too intimidated by the difficulty of the subject matter. Nursing schools and high schools need to work together to provide prospective nursing students with details about the nursing profession. Some nursing schools have initiated creative approaches to attract young students to careers in nursing. The University of Washington School of Nursing is one of a growing number of colleges and universities that hosts a summer Nurse Camp. The free week-long day camp is geared toward increasing interest in nursing careers among minority and low-income high school students. The Mayo Clinic and other health care organizations also offer Nurse Camps, including camps for elementary and middle school students. Because of the high demand for new nurses, there are many types of financial aid available for nursing students. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing provides a directory of financial aid resources on its website. Another good source for financial aid information is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which recognizes the critical shortage of health care professionals and offers scholarships, low-cost loans, and loan repayment programs for nursing education. This article was written by Social Media Outreach Coordinator Erica Moss, on behalf of CAREEREALISM-Approved Partner, 2tor — an education technology company. Next generation nurses image from Bigstock
Recently, a professional came to me and was complaining about the fact that executives get the best opportunities. They make the most money and they get the best opportunities in their career. This person immediately went to the fact that it has to do with privilege. And I don't disagree.
There are a lot of executives out there that, due to privilege, have opportunities and are making the kind of money they're making. But I'm also going to tell you something you probably don't want to hear...
Executives Invest In Themselves
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Executives invest in themselves in a way that the average professional does not. I can't tell you how many executives I know who have a career coach. They spend money on being privately coached because they believe in using the expert to get ahead. Your friends, your family, your significant other, your co-workers, your boss—these people are not trained career experts and they do not have your best interests at heart.
This is why I built Work It Daily.
We are an expert-led, on-demand online career coaching platform that is easy and affordable because I saw the unmet need. Everyone wanted the same opportunities and income as executives, but they couldn't figure out why they couldn't get there, privilege aside. The secret? It's about being coached properly.
How Professionals Can Invest In Themselves
You weren't trained to invest in yourself. School didn't teach us how to grow our careers. And that's okay because it's not too late.
If you want to get the best career opportunities like executives, I recommend signing up for my FREE training “Unlocking Your Career Potential So You Can (Finally!) Find A Job You Like."
In this training, I give you the tools that a trained career expert uses to help you figure out what kind of work you should be doing, what kind of value you like to create, what kinds of companies you should be working for, and how your personality plays an impact. These are vital, intricate parts of you that help shape what you should be doing for work, and executives know this because they get coached on this, and this is how they maximize their success.
And you can do it, too.
You can get as mad as you want at executives. Yes, there's privilege, but you also cannot deny that they use coaching to their advantage, just like pro athletes. So, why aren't you getting coached? Working with a career coach to help you figure out who you are and how to decode your career and unlock your potential—that's where you get the results. And now Work It Daily makes that possible for everyone.
Successful Executives Also Have An Online Presence
Nowadays, if you want to be a successful leader, you need to think about your personal brand, your reputation. This is called your executive presence, and it's the key to staying relevant in your career.
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- Select the right types of content to share to maximize your ROI
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