ViewPoint: Nursing is a good career choice

November 6, 2008

Seldom a week goes by that we don't hear about some new medical treatment or procedure. Luckily, the state of medicine is advancing at a pace that's in keeping with the computer age.

But our society is headed in the other direction. The baby boom generation is one of the largest demographics in American society, and the baby-boomers are aging, noticeably.

Children born to returning World War II vets are now in their fifties and sixties. As they age, they're going to need more and more healthcare.

Who will be here to provide it?

We've seen stories in the news about our area educational institutions, and the fact that they are expanding, and continuing to produce "new blood" for the healthcare system, and that's great!

But are we seeing enough in the way of the specialized training that will be needed for geriatric care?

The healthcare industry can be demanding, and it takes a special person to succeed in the classroom, and then in the medical facility. Those special people are going to be needed more than ever, and soon.

We call on the state to insure that funding and importantly, faculty, be a prime consideration when education budgets are set.

We also want to be sure that young people who are now making their career choices know that healthcare has limitless potential, and should be strongly considered by those who want to be of service to society.