Like many states across the Midwest, Iowa is facing a difficult challenge filling nursing jobs as its demand for nurses greatly exceeds its supply of them. Colleges are struggling to graduate enough qualified nurses to replace the aging workforce, and nursing faculty numbers are low. However, steps are being taken to solve this dilemma. More nursing programs are being approved statewide, and funding is being provided to pay loans of current RNs for their agreement to go into nursing education. The focus of this plan is to increase the number of qualified applicants to fill the abundance of nursing jobs in Iowa.
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.