The demand for nurses in the United States has been constantly on the rise for years. In one month alone, hospitals have added 49,000 new jobs. "Job growth in the healthcare sector was outpacing the growth realized in 2011, accounting for one out of every 5 new jobs created [in 2011]" (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). BLS estimates there to be 1.2 million job openings for nurses by the year 2020. According to, at 3,500, Michigan is ranked 8th when it comes to needs for nurses. The states with the most job openings for nurses is California, with 10,500 jobs.
              The demand for nurses is so high that at one point students were having as many as five or six job opportunities before they even graduated (Ranii). Since there is such a high demand for nurses, that will give us more options. If we have multiple job opportunities before we graduate, that will allow us to be more picky. There are multiple places that nurses can work.
             Nurses have a lot of flexibility when it comes to their jobs. Most nurses get flexible hours. They can work weekends, weekdays, and all different length shifts. Also, there is an endless list of choices of location. Healthcare is need everywhere. It is very easy for nurses to change jobs throughout their career. There are over 100 specialties for nursing.

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