In Northern California, there has been great expansion of nursing programs in recent years, meaning that during this recession there is tougher competition for San Francisco nursing jobs. Nursing graduates and students shouldn.t be alarmed, however, as demand for RNs will be growing and hospitals will need plenty of nurses to prepare for the long-term shortage. San Francisco.s largest hospitals include: St. Mary.s Medical Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, and UCSF 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.