The need to fill nursing jobs in Missouri is substantial, as the state currently has a nurse vacancy rate of 9.5 percent. It is as high as 17 percent in rural areas. There is a critical shortage of BSN nurses, and the problem is being made worse because of a lack of nursing educators. However, state officials are working on this issue, and the governor of Missouri recently said that motivated students are in high demand to take on the nursing shortage challenge, be successful, and improve the state.s health care system.
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.