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Continuing EducationContinuing Education is Fundemental to Competent NursingThe United States Department of Labor identifies the current trends of employment that affect the nursing world. “Registered Nurses (RN) at this time represent the largest occupation in health care, with 2.5 million jobs” (Vallano, 2008, p.169). Vallano (2008) proceeds to summarize the employment trends in nursing by giving percentages of the present nursing rate in the hospital setting and the employment rate for the future of nursing.The percentage of nurses in the hospital setting is standing at 59 percent and the employment rate for nursing is expected to reach 23 percent from the year 2006 to the future year of 2016, this rate is said to be faster than the average for all occupations (Vallano, 2008, p.169).With the positive statistics mentioned above, how is it that a steady rise of employment for nurses can last for decades and then suddenly decline for years? Researchers have discovered some of the factors that are found to be the cause for the trends of employment in nursing. These include: nursing shortages, wages, and location of employment, gender, marital status and d…… middle of paper ……urnover for registered and licensed vocational nurses. JONA. 38(9). p. 372-87. doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000323957.44791.b9Vallano, A. (2008). Your career in nursing: Manage your future in the changing world ofhealthcare. [Electronic Version]. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/booksWoods, D. (2010). Nursing leaders reveal top trends impacting nurses in 2010. Nursing