Home Health Care Nurse - Fastest Growing Occupation
It is widely known that the country is facing a nursing shortage. There are currently one million home health care nurses working in the United States. By 2017, the industry will require an additional one million aides, and by 2031 an additional three million aides are needed to keep pace. Across all industries, the Department of Labor projects that home health aides will be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2014. These significant shortages present exciting job opportunities for home health care nurses looking for a bump in pay and new career challenges.
As more than 77 million baby boomers approach retirement age, it is anticipated that the demand for healthcare, particularly home and community-based care, will almost certainly outpace the supply of quality caregivers. Thus, home health care, hospice and private duty organizations will likely experience the full impact of this staffing crisis. Medicare and private insurance companies are already focusing on the financial ramifications of the growing bulge in healthcare payments. As a result, pressure is mounting for providers to deliver optimal quality with minimal expense in an effort to prevent exacerbations and reduce hospital and emergency room utilization.
As the healthcare landscape changes dramatically in the coming years, successful home care nurses will be heavily sought after and providers will be defined by their ability to recruit, educate and retain quality home health aides.
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