While the majority of the nation seems to be struggling to fill nursing jobs, Kansas has recently seemed to buck the trend. This is due to the increased number of students who decided to enter into nursing in recent years. The benefit is great for all parties involved. Kansas hospitals are no longer scrambling to fill vacancies, and nursing students are not being thrown into the fire right out of nursing school. The result has been higher quality nursing and improved retention rates throughout the state.
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.