Hospitals in the Dallas area seem to be doing a better job at keeping nursing jobs filled than the rest of Texas, with a total hospital staffing vacancy rate much lower than the statewide rate of 11 percent. However, the rate for RNs was a little higher, and the nursing shortage is still a major concern. A recent law will address this issue by providing $30 million in funding to increase enrollment at nursing schools so qualified applicants stop getting turned down. This will be a great aid to hospitals where nurses are being overworked because of a lack of staff. Major hospitals in Dallas include Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Medical City Hospital.
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.