Florida currently lacks enough new nurses to make up for the large amount of nursing jobs it needs to fill. Orlando and the rest of Central Florida stand to be in better shape than the rest of the state, but will still face a nursing shortage challenge. One of the reasons for this in Orlando, along with the typical problem of a lack of nursing educators, is that it has an aging population of both patients and current nurses working in its hospitals. Major hospitals in Orlando include: Florida Hospital Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
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.