Nursing is not just a profession of healing, but can be a springboard to greater things for a nurse or their family. Many nurses have come from backgrounds of economic hardship and have taken advantage of the many opportunities a career in nursing can offer for meaningful and rewarding work.
For many minorities, nursing is one of the preferred paths to a better job and higher education, according to Nursing Week.
Patricia D’Antonio, associate director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, told the online magazine that “52% of African-American nurses eventually get a baccalaureate degree – a far greater percentage than that for white nurses, which is 46%.”
Nursing remains in huge demand. There has long been a shortage both in current nurses and in the amount being trained for the future, where an aging population will increase demand even further.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by the year 2016, there are going to be more than 3 million nurses employed in the U.S, an increase of 23% from the numbers in 2006.