Florida currently lacks enough new nurses to make up for the large amount of nursing jobs it needs to fill. Orlando and the rest of Central Florida stand to be in better shape than the rest of the state, but will still face a nursing shortage challenge. One of the reasons for this in Orlando, along with the typical problem of a lack of nursing educators, is that it has an aging population of both patients and current nurses working in its hospitals. Major hospitals in Orlando include: Florida Hospital Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
HIV/AIDS nurses treat patients that have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. The HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB) maintains the Certification Examination in HIV/AIDS Nursing by which registered nurses may become an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN). Registered nurses that have a masters degree or higher in nursing may be eligible to test for the Advanced AIDS Certification Registered Nurse Credential. The major professional organization for HIV/AIDS nurses is the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.