The expanding role of computers and technology in our lives has pervaded health care settings. This first column in a series on nursing informatics explores the future careers and job functions of nurses in technology.
While the nursing profession has felt some effects of the economic downturn during the past several years, it still remains one of the most stable careers in the country. It's a profession that can't be outsourced, and many employers are hungry for well-trained nurses to join their organizations.
Although the number of licensed registered nurses in the United States increased by more than 5% between 1996 and 2000, this growth rate was much smaller than in previous years, holding little hope of any quick fix for the nation’s worsening nursing shortage.