Nurses were typically thought of as assistants to doctors. They have a good understanding of general healthcare concepts, and they’re fully capable of assisting patients who are in need. However, they only have a general understanding of most conditions and they’re often not qualified to prescribe medication or perform more complex treatments.

Nurses offer more care for remote locations

However, the role of a nurse has slowly been shifting over the past couple of years. This is mainly due to a lack of healthcare access in certain parts of the world. Some remote locations don’t have regular doctors, meaning that nurses are required to learn more skills and earn more qualifications in order to treat their local communities

Nurses relieve long wait times in health clinics and hospitals

In addition, the increased population density in urban areas means that people typically have to queue for long hours before they can see a doctor. To help alleviate these wait times, nurses can study to become nurse practitioners that can provide more services to patients who aren’t suffering from complex conditions.

Nurses fill in employment gaps

Nurses today are being encouraged to learn more skills and earn higher qualifications in order to fill in employment gaps within the healthcare industry. Whether it’s to cope with the growing number of senior patients or to provide services to an ever-growing world population, the need for advanced nursing roles is higher than ever. We’ve included an infographic below that can help illustrate this point more clearly.

Infographic: Norwich University