The next generation of nurses and others in health care fields will have to be quick-thinking, efficient and able to handle multiple disciplines.Nurses, especially, will have to take on more administrative roles as demand increases for registered nurses along with increasing acuity levels in hospitals — and more patients. Technology will teach them to work in interdisciplinary teams. That is the reality of the new employment experience for them. They won’t be isolated as much as they once were.
Nursing students will be trained for increasingly intricate electronic aspect of health care. The ongoing investment in pricey technology — one of the mannequins, for example, cost a quarter of a million dollars — is part of administrators’ commitment to supply a stream of prepared health care workers for the in-demand field. Employment in that field is projected to increase by almost 60 percent between 2012 and 2022, according the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program. There has been steady growth in the health care industry over the past decade, according to information from the bureau, and is expected to add nearly 3.5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. The bureau attributes the anticipated need to an aging population. The key area for growth is informatics. Nurses are working with a lot more information. The field of genetics is opeinign new doors for nurses. They could be researchers, or work with pharmaceutical companies. The two-year curriculum at the Conemaugh School of Nursing combines evidence-based nursing education and state-of-the-art clinical practicum in a Level 1 trauma medical center and an advanced primary stroke center. Students also gain experience in a medical skills learning lab, one of 58 nationally accredited simulation labs.