The need to fill nursing jobs in Missouri is substantial, as the state currently has a nurse vacancy rate of 9.5 percent. It is as high as 17 percent in rural areas. There is a critical shortage of BSN nurses, and the problem is being made worse because of a lack of nursing educators. However, state officials are working on this issue, and the governor of Missouri recently said that motivated students are in high demand to take on the nursing shortage challenge, be successful, and improve the state.s health care system.
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.