U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner fourth and registered nurse sixth in its list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2014
released Feb 19.
The online publication noted nurse practitioners’ broad range of capabilities and their independent practice authority in many areas as reasons for the high ranking. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 37,100 new positions for nurse practitioners between 2012 and 2022.
U.S. News called RNs an “indispensable profession…where workers are almost always needed.” BLS projects a nearly 20 percent growth in RN jobs by 2022. U.S. News also noted that the profession is rapidly expanding into specialties based on specific health condition, group of people, and type of care setting.
The rankings are based on an overall score determined by seven components: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. Read article.
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