Sarah Roberts walked away from a job overseeing a $25 million retail business seven years ago to pursue a career she had long considered: Nursing.
Her mothers sudden death had prompted a re-evaluation of her life, one that led her into the nursing field. It was a wake-up call, said Roberts, now an advanced practice nurse working in neurosurgery with the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville.
Roberts early-career switch to nursing may be a sign of things to come, according to the latest nursing workforce study by three researchers from the Congressional Budget Office, Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth College.
U.S. demand for nurses in 2020 may not be as severe as projected thanks to an unanticipated spike in people opting for the profession in their late 20s or early 30s, the researchers reported in the January/February issue of Health Affairs, released Jan. 9. With its relatively attractive entry wage, high job security and relatively small educational investment, nursing has become an attractive career option for 20- and 30-somethings, the study said.