Massachusetts has experienced a very severe nursing shortage, but recently many more people have entered the profession looking for nursing jobs. This has helped hospitals alleviate some stress, but there is still a struggle to find enough teachers for expanded nursing programs. As of last year, there was an 8 percent vacancy rate of nursing faculty in Massachusetts. Many area colleges are focusing on solving this problem so more nursing students can be educated and join the workforce. Nursing jobs in ICU is one field in the greatest demand right now in Massachusetts.
Patient care assistants (or PCAs) work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Certified nursing assistants, hospital attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are examples of patient care technicians. Patient care assistant job requirements will vary greatly depending on the job; some will require CNA certification while others will only require a high school diploma. Because of this, patient care assistant salary will also vary greatly between positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, at 19%.