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.
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.