Like most of the country, New Jersey is facing the challenge of filling nursing jobs. The issue has been a lack of nursing faculty to train the many students wanting to pursue nursing as a career. A new program called the New Jersey Nursing Initiative is aiming to solve this problem by offering scholarships to current nurses who become instructors, which will lead to a greater enrollment of nursing students who can be trained and placed in hospitals. The program is set to run through 2013, with the goal of boosting nursing jobs and reversing the shortage trend.
HIV/AIDS nurses treat patients that have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. The HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB) maintains the Certification Examination in HIV/AIDS Nursing by which registered nurses may become an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN). Registered nurses that have a masters degree or higher in nursing may be eligible to test for the Advanced AIDS Certification Registered Nurse Credential. The major professional organization for HIV/AIDS nurses is the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.