San Diego has a well-earned reputation for being a leader in medical research and filling nursing jobs with top-level candidates. It is the home of excellent university hospitals, facilities and research institutes, and San Diego State University is the largest producer of baccalaureate nurses in the county. Some of the major hospitals in the San Diego area are Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and UC San Diego Medical Center.
Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice nurses that provide direct patient care and expert consultations in a chosen specialty, such as public health or neonatal nursing. To become a CNS, a licensed RN must earn a master?s and pass a certification exam in the chosen specialization, such as the exams offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses?especially for CNSs, who increasingly replace physicians as more affordable primary care providers.