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Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions offers insight on one of todays fastest

May 13, 2009

In the healthcare industry there’s no more in-demand field than nursing, with more than 2.7 million nurses in the workforce today. This number continues to grow at a rapid pace, as the nursing field is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations.

“Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare industry,” says Gloria Ferraro Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.. “Whether on the front lines of patient care, or instructing the nurses of tomorrow, there’s no more challenging or more rewarding profession.”

For those considering a career in nursing, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Profession offers a snap shot of the field of nursing, highlighting the factors of this profession on the rise.

Opportunity Today and Tomorrow – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses are projected to generate about 587,000 new positions in the next 10 years. Currently more nursing positions are available than there are nurses.

Career Options Abound – The nurses of today are no longer just at the patient’s bedside. A multitude of career paths are available. From working in hospital, in home care and with advanced education as teachers and researchers.

Go Anywhere – Nursing also offers diverse choices in work settings. A nurse can earn a competitive salary and work anywhere in the world, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, community health centers, visiting nurse agencies, schools, offices, nursing homes, even military bases.

Flexibility – While nursing can be a traditional 9 to 5 job, the field also allows for flexible hours such as the three-day, 12-hour shift or weekends. Nurses can work at any time of day and in a variety of shifts throughout the week or weekends.

Second Career – As people experience lay-offs in other industries, or are just looking for more personal satisfaction in their lives, nursing has become a popular choice as a second career. Many schools offer an accelerated nursing track for individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field.

The Caring Factor – The number-one role of nurses is to help others. Nurses make a real difference in the lives of those they serve, caring for others, teaching patients and family members, advocating for the most vulnerable of patients and being there at life’s most intimate moments, birthing, dying and dealing with pain.

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions enrolls approximately 3,100 students. The College includes 15 programs, 145 full-time faculty and affiliations with some of the finest healthcare institutions in the U.S. The College’s programs are designed to build knowledge, improve practice and culturally competent care, foster professional integrity, and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care. For more information on Drexel University or other programs in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, visit

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News Media Contacts: Frank Sinatra for the College of Nursing and Health Professions 215-545-4715 x23, 856-217-5053 (cell) or

Niki Gianakaris, Drexel News Bureau, Office of University Relations 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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