The nursing home industry is booming.
While nursing home vacancies remain high, the number of jobs is up over the last few years, and employers are seeing an uptick in the number and size of their workforce.
However, not everyone is feeling the boom.
According to a new report, more than half of nursing home employers are looking for a skilled nursing home nurse, and more than 20 percent are considering a nursing home health care professional.
Employers have been looking for nursing home administrators in increasing numbers since the recession, but there’s still a stigma attached to the profession.
Nursing home administrators are not typically seen as nurses, but rather caretakers who handle patients.
“It’s like if you were a doctor, or a lawyer or a firefighter, and you want to go into nursing home, it’s like you’re going to be a nurse, but you’re not going to have a job,” said Mark J. Johnson, a professor of nursing at the University of Minnesota.
Johnson says many employers are concerned about the stigma that nursing home staff have to face.
“We’re all in the same boat,” Johnson said.
“When people say that, you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh, what if I don’t have a nursing license?’
But it’s a little more common for us to have to get our license if we want to work in nursing homes.”
In fact, nursing home workers are one of the least educated groups of workers in the United States.
According to the Department of Labor, more nurses in nursing home care, home health, and nursing home administration positions are in need of a bachelor’s degree than in any other occupation.
Johnson, however, says that the stigma of nursing care is changing.
“In nursing homes, we’re seeing that nursing care workers are increasingly becoming more educated,” Johnson told ABC News.
“I think that’s probably partly because of the changes in the economy and technology and globalization, but also because of a change in the nursing home profession.”
A lot of nursing homes have been doing this for a long time.
They’re finding new ways to work with their clients and to work collaboratively with them, and that’s something that has been missing in nursing.””
But now they are starting to diversify their roles, and they’re realizing that this is not just a one-off job.
They’re finding new ways to work with their clients and to work collaboratively with them, and that’s something that has been missing in nursing.”