By Jill Elaine Hughes| March 7, 2013 Phoenix Forward: Perspectives
Nurses a generation ago often had different goals than those in the profession today. “Back when I first started out in 1980, there were a lot of ‘refrigerator nurses,’ housewives who worked a few hours a week to pay for a fridge or new bathroom for the household,” explains Lesley Hunt, an instructor in the University of Phoenix nursing program.
“You don’t see that anymore,” she adds, noting that most of today’s nurses work full time and view their jobs as careers, not something they just do for a paycheck. Here are five other ways the field is changing: