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.
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.