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.
Pediatric intensive care nurses, or PICU nurses, are critical care nurses that have specialized in caring for seriously ill children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). PICU nurses include pediatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Professional organizations for pediatric nursing include the Society of Pediatric Nurses. The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) maintains several certification exams, including Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN), Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), and Acute Care CPNP. The latter two are both accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-BC) certification exam. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.