Demand for nursing jobs in Maryland is expected to grow, with a statewide nursing shortage expected to reach 10,000 by 2016. In Baltimore, the number of vacant hospital nursing jobs is projected to be above ten percent. To combat the shortage, Maryland colleges have been given substantial grant money to lure students to nursing, and a campaign has been launched to add 1,500 new nursing students. The Greater Baltimore Medical Center, for example, gave $500,000 for this cause. Other major Baltimore hospitals include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Union Memorial Hospital.
Gastroenterology nurses care for patients with intestinal and digestive disorders, including acid reflux, abdominal bleeding, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer and ulcers. An experienced gastroenterology nurse can become a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse (CGRN) if he or she passes the national certification exam administered by, and meets the requirements of, the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN). This certification exam is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), and Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurses must renew their CGRN certification every five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.