Nursing has been around since the early beginnings of civilizations. Of course as times go on the practice grows and adapts to the society around it. As medical knowledge advances, so does methods of nursing and keeping citizens healthy and safe. Even now many new advances have been made in the nursing department, the main ones being education and increased diversity.
One of the biggest changes in nursing has been the change of education system. More and more universities are starting to offer nursing programs that give the opportunity for people to earn bachelor degrees. Nowadays bachelor degrees are expected to be offered in universities, and the number of nursing students continues to grow. This is a huge jump up from previous times, when a lot of people did not have access to this type of education because only exclusive schools offered them. More nursing majors means a greater amount of nurses and healthcare majors, both of whom help our world become safer. Of course due to the increasing world population, increase number of healthcare workers are needed to keep the citizens of the world safe. However, the problem of short-staffed hospitals is still a looming threat in today’s world.
Of course increased diversity was something everyone sought after in the nursing community. Now it has become a reality because according to globalhealtheducation.com, the percentage of non-white nurses employed in the U.S has increased from 17% to 25% between 2008 and 2018. That is a massive increase considering the time range was ten years. Sure 25% may not seem a lot to some people, but the fact that about 27% of the whole U.S population is non-white, this is a major milestone. As more nursing programs open up for minorities, these numbers will only continue upward from here. Gender is another area where nursing has grown upon. Women back in the day were not granted the rights to attend nursing school to become healthcare workers. Nowadays more women are creating careers in nursing, as the number of women in the nursing workforce has increased from 7.1% to 9.6%. Of course this number is still very small, but comparing this number to the proportion of women to men in the U.S, it is a step in the right direction.
All in all, nursing has made huge strides in advancing its practices to better accustom health-care workers with ever-changing society. The increased quality of education and the increased diversity among nurses does just that. As society continues to evolve and change, it will be interesting to see how nursing will adapt to the new chances and open up new possibilities to everyone who chooses.