As technology advances and new job opportunities open up for nurses in the health care industry the changes that are expected to come will gradually lead to new developments and ways to communicate with both employees and patients.
The next decade will be a time of great change and how new problems are faced will depend largely on the efforts of those working in the health care, social media and technology industries.
While it is impossible to know exactly where we will be in the next several years there are some interesting and important things you should know about the future of nursing.
The nursing shortage
The nursing industry is currently at an all time high for job growth.
In fact it is estimated that by 2018 there will be half a million jobs available to those working in the nursing sector and by 2020 that number is expected to climb to 800,000 jobs.
The cause for this huge increase in available nursing jobs is caused by an ever-increasing rate of nurses who are now reaching their late 40’s and are planning on going into retirement.
When you combine the high retirement rate with a constantly growing economy it’s easy to see why the shortage is growing so quickly.
To combat this increasing job epidemic states are doing their best to hire more qualified teachers which would allow them to increase the number of students they’ll be able to educate in the nursing schools, which would hopefully help offset the expanding job growth.
Several other suggestions for improving the current nursing shortage include:
- Increased wages
- Improving the education system
- Improvements in the accelerated nursing programs
- Increased job security
- Reversed bidding
- Staffing through free agencies
- Staffing through travel nursing agencies
The travel nursing industry has been stepping in to help health care facilities in need of nurses and is seeing tons of job growth for travel nurses who are willing to relocate (temporarily) to places that are in need of qualified nurses.
Nurses who are willing to travel are being given lots of incentives by health care facilities for their efforts and may receive various perks such as paid accommodations, rental reimbursement, 401k contributions, bonus pay, increased health care benefits and non taxable travel reimbursement.
Health care and social media
Those who work in the health care industry are now seeing the affects social media can have on thier businesses and are increasing their online efforts through social media platforms such as, blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to bring health care awareness to online users with the hopes of building their health care businesses through social awareness, communication and trust.
In fact it is currently estimated that over 60% of health care physicians use social media for professional work and over 1,225 hospitals have social media accounts.
As technology such as smart phones and tablets continue to rise in popularity the number of people using these devices are also expected to increase.
It’s no longer about big advertising budgets or TV and radio commercials, nowadays everyone is plugged in online and sharing their thoughts and opinions.
Social sharing and influence are now the giants when it comes to building a strong community and people are now looking for help, direct answers to their questions and a more personalized experience.
Health care organizations hoping to win over huge shares of their market are now putting lots of effort into increasing their online presence as other business have been doing for years.