Utah is experiencing the third worst nursing shortage in the country, and at least 1,000 RN nursing jobs need to be filled right away. This shortage is linked to the critical shortage of nurse faculty in the state. It has been reported that nursing programs have been turning away three times as many nursing applicants as they are admitting because they are full. Utah hospitals are being hurt the most by this. However, recent donations and government money have helped set up a program to train and graduate more RNs and recruit more nursing educators.
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.