Last month, news coverage about the fertilizer plant explosion in West included a story that resonated with me. A nurse who worked at a nursing home that had collapsed from the explosion was at home, 20 miles from the plant at the time of the blast. However, when she heard the massive noise from so far away, she rushed to the nursing facility to help evacuate residents. Similar stories abounded about the heroic work of nurses during the aftermath of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. As do so many nurses every single day, these nurses went beyond their traditional call of duty and saved lives.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of registered nurses is expected to increase 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes this growth to an increased emphasis on preventative care, technological advancements and the fact that the aging baby-boomer population continues to require healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.