YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Nurses are the bedrock of health care.
They also have choices on where to use their bedside manner: Different specialty areas, different settings, plus working with people in different stages of life. Being an advanced practice nurse is another of the choices.
“Advance practice nursing is wonderful. It gives me a chance to work with patients, to diagnose acute illness and manage those, as well as manage chronic illnesses,” Advanced Practice Nurse Diana Kellar said. “We do a lot with preventive health care and encouraging healthy lifestyles.”
YSU has various nursing programs, and is a good place to start learning. Nursing is expected to grow 18% in the Youngstown-Warren area over the next 10 years, creating an extra 940 jobs.
“With Obamacare and so many people getting new insurances, they need healthcare providers, and there’s just not enough providers out there,” Kellar said. “Plus, as people start to live longer, there are sicker patients. There’s a lot to managing those chronic illnesses.”
Nursing provides flexibility, whether it be in scheduling or by where you choose to practice. Advanced practice nurses have gotten an extra degree, so they can provide more care and earn more money.
“It has to be somebody who enjoys medicine along with nursing. There’s a constant degree of continuing learning,” Kellar said. “Things are always changing in med, so you have to keep current on the upcoming information that’s available and figure how to incorporate that into your practice.”
There are more than 150,000 nursing jobs available in Ohio on the Ohio Means Jobs website.