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Nursing Still Great Career

Q. I have a scholarship for a nursing degree but I'm concerned about whether or not there'll be any jobs when I get out since the job market in all fields is so awful, especially for new grads. What do you think?

Ans. There's some optimism about jobs for nurses. Though the national unemployment rate remains at 9.6 percent, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing projects the nursing workforce will increase 22 percent by 2018 and a breakdown by practice shows career opportunities for nurses. Physician offices expect a 48 percent growth rate, home healthcare some 33 percent growth. , And Donna Cardill, who writes a "Dear Donna" daily career advice column for and is author of several books about the career points to nursing as promising career opportunity with room for advancement. So go for it.

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