With health care ranking as the third largest employment sector in the Chicago area, nursing jobs are plentiful. However, the city is experiencing a major workforce shortage, one that is set to grow dramatically through 2020. According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the metropolitan Chicago area has a shortage of more than 2,500 nurses, and this could grow to 21,000 statewide by 2020. Roughly two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area. Chicago.s largest hospitals include: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, and Rush University Medical Center.
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.