Here’s some bit of good news on the net.
Employment of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow by 22% through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result, a growing number of campus-based and online universities are launching new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for those who wish to launch careers in this field as well as those who are currently employed as nurses.
For example, officials from Jacksonville University (JU) recently announced in a press release that the school will sponsor a free nursing continuing education course in conjunction with Nurse.com. The one-credit continuing education unit (CEU), which is called Networking for Career Advancement, will be free starting March 1.
Free Online Course for Nurses course was created to boost nurses’ networking skills, which can be valuable for finding employment, promotions and salary increases.
“Our faculty is comprised of accomplished nurses who know firsthand just how hard nurses work,” said Judith M. Erickson, dean of JU’s School of Nursing. “Sponsoring this free nurse CEU will make it a little easier for RNs to complete their [continuing education] and maintain their licenses.”
“I prefer to stay at home and study nursing online if possible”, says a Nursing student we talked to yesterday. “If there is only a way in the Philippines to study online nursing programs, that is acceptable to the governing bodies, then I prefer to do it online.” she added.
Certainly, there is a huge demand also for study-at-home nursing programs through the internet. Businesses have seen the need of desperate Asian homes to bring their kids to the nursing profession for later economic benefit and financial rewards by working abroad. This is happening worldwide as we blog. If you search the term “nursing online course” or “online nursing program” in Google, you will be hit it with a million results.
The continuing saga now in the Philippines is to alleviate the status of our unemployed nurses who have attended formal and normal nursing bachelor degree courses in a college or university. With the proliferation of nursing courses online, it will be hard to determine how much longer our fellow nursing citizens have to wait to reap the fruits of their 4-year diploma course because it can only mean one thing – more nursing graduates in the pipeline to trigger oversupply. This is clear competition and over competition will not benefit our nursing board passers.
The other competing Asian countries are also targeting nursing as a ticket to working abroad especially the US. They too are the prospects of these online nursing home study courses and nursing degree courses that almost anyone nowadays can take online and at the comfort of their own homes.