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3 high-demand nursing career specialisations in Australia's future

Photo: 3 High-Demand Nursing Career Specialisations in Australia's Future
Healthcare is one of the top industries experts in the Australian government are predicting will see a boom in the immediate future. In particular, a nursing shortage is in the forecast for 2030 and the years leading up to it.

We’re already seeing a shortage of registered nurses in Victoria and a shortage of mental health nurses in the ACT, with these and other shortages expected to become more dire. Let’s take a look at 3 of the nursing career specialisations that career experts believe will be greatly in demand in the future.
Aged Care Nursing

As members of the “baby boom” generation advance in age to reach their golden years, there are growing numbers of boomers in need of aged care nursing services. Australian government analysts are predicting that the numbers of Australians aged 65 and over will more than double by the year 2057.

Considering that many more of these elderly people will need nursing care in the future, this demographic situation is likely to create significant career opportunities for aged care nurses.

Many nurses in this specialisation work in residential aged care facilities, but this would not be your only choice of work environments as an aged care nurse. It’s also possible to work as a home healthcare nurse, or to work in a hospital or community clinic setting.

It is possible to become an Enrolled Nurse and get started doing this type of work with only an associate’s degree or diploma; however, in that case, your earning potential would be lower than it would be if you were to earn your bachelor’s degree and become a Registered Nurse.

Mental Health Nursing

Mental health nurses help their patients cope with a range of conditions and disorders. Some patients’ troubles are relatively minor; perhaps they need support in dealing with an overload of anxiety or stress. Others have major issues that can be extremely challenging to deal with.

Professor John Hurley, who is the coordinator for the online Master of mental health nursing course at Southern Cross University, points out that there is rising demand for nursing professionals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to administer excellent care despite the increasing complexities of the current environment in mental healthcare.

Government and industry forecasts corroborate Professor Hurley’s opinion in this matter. According to projections published by Health Workforce Australia, this sector is the one that is likeliest to suffer from the most dramatic worker shortages in the future. Strong demand for nurses in this sector is quite likely to translate to a significant number of outstanding career opportunities.

If this specialisation is the career path you want to take, you’ll need to earn your bachelor’s degree at a minimum.

Critical Care Nursing

In this fast-paced specialisation, you would spend your time caring for patients whose lives are endangered because of situations like accidents, burns, traumas or illnesses. This is a high-pressure job that would require quick reaction times to enable the best possible outcomes for your patients. The emotionally challenging nature of this job has resulted in high turnover of critical care nurses. The result is that skilled, experienced critical care nurses are perpetually in demand.

Most critical care nurses work in hospital settings – usually hospitals with intensive care units. A bachelor’s degree is essential for this role, and it is considered a minimum; many critical care nurses hold advanced degrees.

If any of these 3 nursing specialisations appeals to you, do consider taking the steps necessary to pursue that career path. At a time when artificial intelligence is threatening to take away masses of job opportunities in other sectors, these are all rewarding vocations that are likely to be safe, future-proof and rewarding career choices.

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