Is Nursing Really Recession-Proof?
Why Nursing Is Recession-Proof
Healthcare has proven to be one of the most resilient industries during the economic turmoil. Here are a few reasons why:
• The healthcare industry added 370,000 jobs in 2008.
• There is no out-sourcing of healthcare jobs. Doctors, nurses, phlebotomists and the like cannot perform their tasks from another country.
• New technologies like Electronic Health Records require new positions and jobs. The government’s big-time funding of these technologies means tons of support. If you work in health IT or medical records and you are willing to adapt to the new system, you will find your job secure.
• Healthcare is one of the last things people cut back on. While we may be willing to buy generic cereal and skip the morning latte, annual visits to your primary care physician or vaccinations for your kids is still probably on the top of your list of spending priorities.
• No matter what the economy does, people will still get sick. No matter how hard we try, we can’t keep people from needing to see a doctor, surgeon, OB/GYN, nurse practitioner, or physical therapist. People will always be catching colds, spraining wrists, and having babies. “Retail clinics” have made physician-extender positions like nurse practitioners and physician assistants even more in-demand.