With health care ranking as the third largest employment sector in the Chicago area, nursing jobs are plentiful. However, the city is experiencing a major workforce shortage, one that is set to grow dramatically through 2020. According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the metropolitan Chicago area has a shortage of more than 2,500 nurses, and this could grow to 21,000 statewide by 2020. Roughly two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area. Chicago.s largest hospitals include: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, and Rush University Medical Center.
Emergency-trauma nurses provide rapid, initial assessment and treatment for patients. Because emergency-trauma nurses treat patients of all ages suffering from an extensive range of illnesses and injuries, they must be able to recognize and treat a wide variety of ailments, quickly and efficiently. The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) offers certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN). BCENs CEN and CFRN certification credentials have been accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).