Florida currently lacks enough new nurses to make up for the large amount of nursing jobs it needs to fill. Orlando and the rest of Central Florida stand to be in better shape than the rest of the state, but will still face a nursing shortage challenge. One of the reasons for this in Orlando, along with the typical problem of a lack of nursing educators, is that it has an aging population of both patients and current nurses working in its hospitals. Major hospitals in Orlando include: Florida Hospital Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
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.