There is a continuing nursing shortage in Maryland resulting in plenty of available nursing jobs. The most basic cause of the problem is that an insufficient number of people are entering the field to keep up with demand. Projections show that between 2000 and 2020 there is an anticipated 40 percent increase in the demand for nurses compared to only a projected 6 percent growth in the supply of nurses. This means that hospitals statewide will be looking for qualified candidates to improve the high rate of vacancy, and nursing schools will be aggressively expanding enrollment.
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).