As Connecticut struggles to fill nursing jobs, state officials are trying to increase education programs and funds to deal with the nursing shortage. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, there are 1,081 openings for registered nurses per year, 535 annual openings for nursing aides and 294 openings a year for licensed practical nurses. The Department estimates that by 2014, the demand for registered nurses will have grown by 13 percent. This means that quality candidates for nursing jobs are in high demand in Connecticut.
Nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses that provide primary care to women, including gynecological exams, prenatal care, labor and delivery care, and neonatal care. To receive their Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery, registered nurses must graduate from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)the accrediting body of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)and pass the national certification exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). According to PayScale, the nurse-midwife salary range is $36,000 to $84,511. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.