Massachusetts has experienced a very severe nursing shortage, but recently many more people have entered the profession looking for nursing jobs. This has helped hospitals alleviate some stress, but there is still a struggle to find enough teachers for expanded nursing programs. As of last year, there was an 8 percent vacancy rate of nursing faculty in Massachusetts. Many area colleges are focusing on solving this problem so more nursing students can be educated and join the workforce. Nursing jobs in ICU is one field in the greatest demand right now in Massachusetts.
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.