Georgia is facing a significant shortage of nurses to fill its nursing jobs, especially in its hospitals. A recent workforce report shows that Georgia is in the bottom fourth of the country with an RN vacancy rate of almost 11 percent in member hospitals. The greatest need for nurses is in the critical care department. Like many states in the country, the greatest problem for Georgia is a lack of faculty to teach many qualified nursing applicants who are getting turned down. This is a problem state officials are focusing on to handle the ever increasing demand for more nursing jobs.
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.