The demand for nurses in Sacramento remains high despite the weakened economy, as it is projected more nursing jobs will be needed soon to care for aging baby boomers. Also, more than one in 10 RNs working for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region is over 60 years old, suggesting an imminent surge in retirements. This means many replacement nurses will soon be needed. Hospitals in the Sacramento area offer RNs a good salary, typically starting around $30 an hour, and include Sutter Memorial Hospital and Mercy General Hospital.
Forensic nurses treat the victims of violence, crimes, abuse and trauma, while also aiding detectives in the scientific investigation that helps catch perpetrators. Even if they perform little to no direct patient care, forensic nurses must keep their RN license active. Certificates in Forensic Nursing are offered by such organizations as the University of California and American Forensic Nurses (AMRN), and forensic nurses can receive further certifications from the Forensic Nursing Certification Board (FNCB) as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Pediatric (SANE-P). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.