Since at least 2003, Minnesota has experienced a shortage of nurses and a high demand to fill nursing jobs. Inadequate RN staffing has particularly been a challenge across the state. Like most other states, the factors contributing to this shortage are an aging RN workforce, a lack of nursing educators for qualified nursing applicants, and more patients in hospitals. However, recent federal funding to boost health care training and Minnesota colleges. expansion of nursing programs are helping address the demand to fill 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.