The nursing shortage in Indiana is one of the worst in the nation, and nursing jobs in hospitals and nursing homes need to be filled soon to avoid a crisis. The Indiana Health Care Association recently found that the vacancy rate for RNs in the state.s nursing homes was the worst in the U.S. An aging workforce and low retention are some of the main problems. However, federal money has recently been given to three Indiana universities to increase faculty at nursing schools and bring additional nurses to critical need facilities.
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.