Pros And Cons Of Registered Nurses

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Registered nurses will always be needed in the workforce. There are many different jobs a degree in registered nursing can lead to, their rank depending on their educational background. Demand is high because RN’s are needed around the clock in order fill the rotating work shifts. It was found in a study conducted in 2014 by the Career Information Center that, “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations”(1). As one of the most rapid expanding occupations, registered nursing is a satisfying job choice now, and for years to come. Within this 10 year span, technology will advance, allowing a more wide spread range of health problems to be cared for (Registered …show more content…
A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that; “65 percent of the 23,000 nurses surveyed worked shifts of 12-13 hours in length” (American 1). For nurses, 12 hour shifts have become a normal occurrence and it has both advantages and disadvantages. Disadvantages include fatigue, after working 3 consecutive 12 hour shifts, fatigue will set in (1). There is also no downtime. When working a 12 hour shift, there isn’t much time left afterwards for free time (1). Lastly, there is a risk of patient dissatisfaction. Due to fatigue it is possible for a nurse to be less responsive to a patient 's needs (1). Although there are some disadvantages, the 12 hour shift does have many perks. For instance, nurses sometimes only work 3-4 days out of the week allowing for more flexibility in their schedule allowing them to possibly take classes to work to a higher nursing degree (1). One major benefit of the 12 hour shift is a smaller margin for error while communicating patient information. With only 2 shift changes in a day, it’s much easier for nurses to transfer the correct information (1). The last advantage of the 12 hour shift is the free time left on the 3-4 days RN’s don 't’ have to work. This allows nurses to relax and enjoy time with family (1). Having a lot of personal time worked into a schedule is a very rewarding aspect of working as a

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