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Why Senior Care is a Great Career Path for Nurses

Career Development, Caregiving | September 28, 2018

If you’re a hospital nurse looking for a change of pace, you may consider looking into senior care at American Senior Communities. Caring for seniors can be every bit as rewarding as working in a hospital without the same grueling schedule and chaotic work environment. To all the nurses out there, here are a few reasons why you should consider senior care as a career path:

Job Security
According to the Pew Research Center, around 10,000 Baby Boomers have reached age 65 every day since January 1st, 2011. That’s potentially millions of people retiring each year, many of whom may need to receive care in a senior community. As a nurse, this “retirement boom” could be a tremendous opportunity for you to make the transition into a lucrative and secure profession caring for those seniors. Salaries in senior care are comparable to those of hospital nurses. If you’re an experienced nurse, you could be poised to shoot straight to the top of the senior care industry, knowing that a steady population of retirees will need your help for many years to come!

Forge Rewarding Relationships with Patients
Patients in a hospital setting are often in and out within a short period of time. While some hospital stays last longer, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says the average stay is just 4.5 days. Although you can definitely have a big impact on someone’s life in those 4.5 days, it’s often difficult to connect with a person in such a short time. Working in senior care, you’ll have the chance to speak with and care for the same group of people every day, potentially for years. This will allow you to form a stronger bond with your patients as you help them make the transition to living in a senior community.

Potential for Growth
At American Senior Communities, we encourage our staff to continue learning and growing as they work for us. In addition to great perks like medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement, we also offer on-the-job training like our nurse and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) preceptor programs, paid Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) training and certification, free nurse aide training, and free CNA classes. No matter what stage of your nursing career you’re currently in, working in senior care can be the perfect way to learn the skills you need to make a plan for the future.

Anyone who’s currently a nurse or studying to be a nurse should seriously consider senior care as a career path. For more information about job opportunities at American Senior Communities, visit our careers page to find out more or to apply instantly online!

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