Take America for instance, the health sector situation has become critical. The bureau of labor statistics project that between, 2012-2022 525,000 nurses will need to be replaced in the workforce. The study also revealed that giving the replacements and the growth, the total number of job openings for nurses would be over a million by 2022. These ushers in an unprecedented era where registered nurses and health practitioners are in high demand. The good news is that the desperate needs of the health sector provides an opportunity to find a career in nursing. Although the colleges have responded adequately, online educational classes are still needed to meet the high demands of the nursing world. The shortage in the health sector is due to the rise in specialized health care needs as well as other factors like baby boom, increased retirements and more. The challenges faced by the healthcare community has posed a challenge to the healthcare educational sphere and online courses have been very helpful. The average age of nurses in America is 46 and currently, more than 50% of the workforce is close to retirement. This has opened the door for millions of people to access the system and contribute to the growth of the health sector. According to the US bureau of labour statistics, the future projections of the profession includes;
- Health diagnosing and treatment practitioners – 20%
- Registered nurses – 19%
- Health technologists and technicians – 24%
- Licences practical and licenced vocational nurses – 25%
- Nursing assistants – 21%
- Orderlies – 17%
The promising future of the nursing profession has influenced the prevalence of online programs for nursing degrees over the years. Some colleges have also moved their nursing degrees online to accommodate more students. The number of R.N (Registered Nurse) to B.S.N (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) programs in America has grown significantly – more than a third in the past two years based on the data of the American Association of College Nurses (AACN).