Career Options and Opportunities: The Outlook for Nurses Over the Next Decade

Author(s): Renee Twibell, Debra Siela, Caroline Mullins

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP B 1.25

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Career Development

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

High-acuity nurses may feel uncertain about making decisions for career planning and professional development. In this foundational session, attendees in early, mid or late career can explore options, both academic and nonacademic in nature. A forecast of future trends in the nursing job market can provide guidance. Attendees review 12 popular nursing roles, including educational requirements, salary and market demand. Participants can ask questions and receive responses during the session.


  • Describe factors to consider and a process for making career decisions for the next decade and beyond.
  • Examine the top 12 nursing role options and required education, expected income, employment trends and role activities for each.
  • Design academic and nonacademic career paths to fit healthcare trends, considering early, mid and late career options.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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