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.
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.