San Jose is facing the same challenge filling nursing jobs as the majority of metro areas in California. There are simply more patients needing care in hospitals than nurses can handle. Sadly, the recession has compounded this problem as San Jose hospitals have slowed in hiring, but RNs are still in great demand in the area and this will only increase. The three main hospitals in San Jose are Good Samaritan Hospital, O.Connor Hospital, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
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.