Arizona will have plenty of nursing jobs in the years to come. The growing population, along with a lack of nursing schools and a large number of people leaving the profession, has resulted in a critical nursing shortage in the state. A recent study shows that Arizona must add nearly 50,000 registered nurses over the next nine years to meet health care needs. Hospitals statewide have responded by working hard to retain nurses and offering bonuses and incentives to attract new workers.
Flight-transport nurses are emergency-trauma nurses that treat patients during air and/or ground transport before they reach a medical facility or while transferring critically ill patients between facilities. The Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) credential is available through the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). To become a CFRN, a registered nurse must have a current license; flight nurse experience is recommended but not required. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. According to PayScale, the flight nurse salary range is $58,340-$80,654.