Wisconsin hospitals reported a 55 percent increase in the number of advanced-practice nurses they employ, a 38 percent increase in certified registered nurse anesthetists and a 25 percent increase in physician assistants from 2009 to 2011, Madison-based WHA said Thursday in its Healthcare Workforce Report.
The Hospital Association attributed the increases to, on the one hand, hospitals facing increasing difficulty recruiting primary care physicians and, on the other hand, the positive impact on health care quality of advanced-practice professionals.
“The aging of Wisconsin’s population, combined with a growing primary care physician shortage, has created new opportunities for advanced practice health care professionals to apply their expertise in the hospital setting,” said Judy Warmuth, WHA vice president for work force development.
Try getting into nursing school. It’s a 2-3 year waiting list these days.
If today was my 17th Birthday I would talk my parents into letting me enlist in the Air National Guard with a job in the medical squadron that has a short training time. This being my junior year in high school I will burn up a couple years of my enlistment before I even go to basic training. If I have some free time I would try to knock out a few gen eds at MATC. Should be able to get an entire semester done by graduation. When I get back from basic I would finish my associates degree at MATC and go to get my bachelors at a state school that has a good nursing program. By being proactive with MATC I should have saved enough to have a nice little next egg. Now at this point I could get a commission as a nurse in the Air Guard. When I get back from that training I will be a lock for a really good job and I’m only 22. Now I will have plenty of money saved and my new job will probably pay for me to get a masters degree. By the time all is done I would be an officer in the Air Force National Guard, making near if not over 100K a year and all by the age of 25. Of course you would have to do this at the age of 17. You could do it anytime under 35.
There is a difference between “need” and “want”. Although the hospitals et al “need” nurses, they don’t “want” them as nurses are being laid-off in droves and additional hiring frozen.
How do I know? My wife is a nurse.
An RN since 1984 I returned to grad school at age 48 and now work as a psych NP. So glad I did it. Never too late to go back to school if you know you’ll have a job.
I am a nurse…
We need more RN’s where I am employed. Understaffed… to say the least. No lay-off’s… ton’s of overtime offered.
How do I know?
Again, I am a nurse.
Is it ok for you to say where that is?
Hopefully someplace other than than 3rd shift at a nursing home where the RN’s & LPN’s literally put their license on the line with 1 nurse to 35+ patient ratio.