The need for more nursing jobs in West Virginia is critical, as the state has one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the U.S. This means hospitals will need more nursing staff for increased patient care, and will also need to replace nurses who are getting old themselves. There is no doubt West Virginia is aware of the magnitude of the current nursing shortage, as WVU just recently joined a partnership to test innovative ideas within the state with the goal of improving patient care in hospitals, increasing retention of nurses, and effectively dealing with the nursing shortage nationally.
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.