Nursing jobs in Rhode Island are very important as the state is facing a large projected nursing shortage, as much as 6,500 RNs by 2020. Although the down economy has caused some Rhode Island hospitals to cut back on hiring recently, this is expected to change as the current workforce starts retiring and more patients need treatment. The state is already taking measures to prepare for this need, offering tax credits to RNs with experience to go into nursing education, and expanding current nursing programs to attract more students from out of state.
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.