Montana is predominantly a rural state, so many available nursing jobs are for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. However, the state is facing a critical nursing shortage in all areas that is projected to rise as many RNs in their fifties and sixties retire. Also, nursing education is a constant struggle due to a lack of educators and facilities and land constraints. Nurses with a strong education who are willing to work and travel in rural areas are in high demand in Montana, and will continue to be for quite some time.
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.