Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession. According to the statistics published by Australian Government Department of Health, there are 344,941 Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses & Midwives in Australia and the number is projected to grow steadily in the coming years as the demand for nurses is only increasing.
As COVID-19 causes the health care landscape to shift further and the physician shortage grows steeper, nurses need to know the following trends in nursing for 2021 and beyond.
1. Online Nursing Programs will continue to be popular
Over the years, online education has continued to grow in popularity. Students—especially working ones—enjoy the flexibility of online programs, along with other benefits. For many who live in rural areas, an online education has opened up learning opportunities that would have been unthinkable before the internet. The arrival of COVID-19 has made online learning even more relevant, with students and educators around the globe adapting to a new approach to education.
For nurses, online education should only increase in significance. Online programs have long been used to further education, create new opportunities, and advance careers, and the onset of COVID-19 has proven how important this type of information sharing has become.
2. Demand for increased specialisation
Specialization enables the nurse to be an expert in the area in which he or she is providing care. Specialization, and subsequent certification, provides the patient and the health care institution with assurances that the nurse is highly knowledgeable and competent in a specific area of care. The demand for RNs who specialize in specific areas of medicine—psychiatry, obstetrics, gerontology, etc.