Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 07, 2013
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported in August of 2012 that the United States is projected to experience a nursing shortage. This is due to several factors, including the aging baby-boomer population, technological advancements and an emphasis on preventive healthcare.
In an effort to combat the looming crisis, online nursing schools and courses are now being offered by more universities. Now, a guide dedicated to ranking and reviewing these schools has been published by MedicalSchoolsinUSA.com
“The nursing shortage in America is not something that should be dismissed or taken lightly,” said Medical Schools in USA spokesman Ben Davidson. “It’s a multi-layered problem that doesn’t have easy answers. However, we are focused on being a helpful resource for those who are interested in being part of the solution.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one out of every five new jobs created in 2012 was in the healthcare sector. In addition, the registered nursing workforce is the top occupation for job growth through 2020. It’s believed that the total number of employed nurses will increase by over 710,000 over the next eight years.
“The numbers clearly show there is a huge demand for new professionals in the healthcare industry.” said Davidson. “Finding the right school is the critical first step to entering the rapidly-growing industry.”
In addition to the high demand for new nurses, there are many perks and benefits that come with the profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the annual median wage for nurses in 2010 was just under $65,000, and the top 10 percent earned over $95,000. Nearly 20 percent of nurses worked part time in 2010, and education reimbursement, flexible schedules, financial bonuses and child care services are just some of the benefits offered.
“The AACN and universities across the nation are doing all they can to tackle the nursing problem,” said Davidson. “Many should find the options of online nursing schools, a very competitive salary and terrific benefits very enticing.”
For comprehensive reviews of online nursing schools, as well as online nursing and medical school rankings, please visit http://www.MedicalSchoolsinUSA.com.