Nursing jobs in Rhode Island are very important as the state is facing a large projected nursing shortage, as much as 6,500 RNs by 2020. Although the down economy has caused some Rhode Island hospitals to cut back on hiring recently, this is expected to change as the current workforce starts retiring and more patients need treatment. The state is already taking measures to prepare for this need, offering tax credits to RNs with experience to go into nursing education, and expanding current nursing programs to attract more students from out of state.
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.