Nursing Careers Increase 2015 - 2050 in Aerospace, Rehabilitation, Robotics and Travel Medicine

Who will be the first nurse on the moon?

Appollo 11 Moonwalk.
Appollo 11 Moonwalk. | Source

Will you be the first nurse on the moon?

Bicentennial People

If you have seen the film or read the book Bicentennial Man by the late author Sir Arthur C. Clarke, You may recall that nurses attended each of the very aged that were near the 200th birthday mark in a future century. Sir Arthur predicted in a timeline he prepared in the mid-to-late 20th Century that immortality would be achieved by medical science sometime after the year 2100.

While human DNA is programmed to an age-limit of 113 years give or take a few, immortality is still unreachable through physical means for us homo sapiens. However, lifespans are adding years to themselves - and still a few more for females than for male cohorts.

Robotics is Combining With the Human Body

Bicentennial Man
Bicentennial Man

Stars Robin Williams as a robot who gradually earns the legal of status of human after 200 years of service to others.


Aging and Humanity In the Field of Nursing

The Boomers are retiring in greater numbers in the 2010s, but the Millennials almost match their number as a cohort and will retire in large numbers beginning in the 2030s. Nothing is limiting the growth of the human population, even given disaster, illness, and abortion, so population numbers are set to increase and the openings for healthcare providers needed with them.

Bicentennial Man and its spinoffs and inspired works of other authors bring to mind a possibility of human-robotic hybrids. Sci-fi fans see "Borg", but so many military personnel are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2010s with three limbs replaced by electronic prosthesis that the possibility is enduring. Already, medical science experiments with building electronics into the interior of limb stumps with promise for additional advances.

Medical Advances in Biology

Regardless of the Borg, our more reachable medical advances to the year 2100 - including new cosmetic surgeries, artificial bones and organs, growing new organs, and advanced dental implants - will all require additional nursing positions.

Nursing jobs of all types will increase throughout the 21st Century, not only because of the aging and increasing populations on Earth, but also as a result of exploration into outer space and to the bottoms of our oceans. These extreme environments require advanced medical care and prevention.

As we search for additional resources and living spaces, the need for medical and health related services will increase proportionately. In addition, new fields of nursing will emerge, like that of Space Medicine that began to congeal in the 1990s.

Underwater Medicine is sure to follow and increasing numbers of projects send scientists and explorers deeper into the oceans each year. An example of that already is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, for which specialist nurses are in high demand.

Prostethics and Paralympic Events

Cpl. Brian Wilhelm uses a mono-ski at the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, April 4-9 at Snowmass Village CO. Capt. David Rozelle, behind him, lost his right foot after a land mine explosion.
Cpl. Brian Wilhelm uses a mono-ski at the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, April 4-9 at Snowmass Village CO. Capt. David Rozelle, behind him, lost his right foot after a land mine explosion. | Source

Nursing to the Year 2050

The US Federal Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook states that Registered Nursing is the largest healthcare field existing today, with 2.6 million jobs already filled in 2010 - 2011. The job market for RNs is forecasted to increase by 22% in the decade 2008 - 2018, which is much faster than other occupations on average.

Nursing shortages exist in some areas of the United States, but employers are attacking this problem with the several attractions of Travel Nursing (see link below). These features include travel expenses, higher pay, increased benefits, and rent/mortgage payment for the working period of 3 to 12 months.

Travel Nurses are sometimes able to be hired in their own cities with these added benefits, because of shortages at some hospitals; while others are able to be posted in exotic locations such as the Hawaiian Islands and other sites known for travel.

Required education will usually involves a Associate's or Bachelor's Degree or a Nursing School Certificate, advanced nursing positions require a Master's Degree. At the same time, one can begin as a Nursing Aide and study all the way up to Physician/MD, sometimes with tuition reimbursement from a local hospital or clinic employer (see links under "Training", below).

New RN Jobs Increasing Since 2005

Increase in Registered Nursing Job Listings, 2005 - 2015

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Increase in numbers of job listings has been continuous overall, with marked increases in the 2010s.
Increase in numbers of job listings has been continuous overall, with marked increases in the 2010s.
Increase in numbers of job listings has been continuous overall, with marked increases in the 2010s. | Source

High Demand Jobs

An extreme demand for RN licensed nurses in the USA exerted itself from 2014 - 2015, as shown on the graph above. As of June 2015, the USA has at least 1,200,000 openings for RNs advertised. In late 2016, over a million positions were open as well.

Largest US Advertisers for Registered Nurses

  1. Cross Country Travel Nurses
  2. Supplemental Healthcare
  3. American Mobile Healthcare
  4. Kaiser Permanente
  5. HCA and HCA Manorcare
  6. Maxim Healthcare Services
  7. Travel Rehab – Travel Nursing and other Heathcare Professions
  8. Gentiva Health Services
  9. Tenet Healthcare
  10. St. Mary’s Medical Center – various locations
  11. Bayada Nurses
  12. Swedish Medical Center
  13. DaVita
  14. Nurses Rx
  15. Interim Healthcare
  16. Mollen Immunization Clinics
  17. Community Health Systems
  18. Trustaff
  19. Providence Health & Services
  20. Catholic Health Initiatives

Access the series of links below for descriptions and reviews of the types of nursing and related careers available now and in the near future. The American Space Medicine Association link provides a list of scholarships, training programs, and other much-needed information for a successful career in aerospace or undersea health, medicine, or research.

Aerospace Medical Associations and Training

Inside a space station, life is full of adjustments.
Inside a space station, life is full of adjustments. | Source

Naval Undersea Medical Institute


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Fascinating, well documented hub on where nursing careers and medicine are heading in the future.

The current economy has many of my nursing (boomer) peers remaining in their nursing jobs longer than they expected and I even know some boomer nurses who used to work part-time but are now working fulltime so the real shortage has been delayed for a little while.

Thanks for the interesting look at the future. Rated up, useful, awesome and interesting.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Nursing jobs at all levels are available across most of the USA in 2013. Travel Nursing is still a lucrative option with increased pay and a lot of perks.

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