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.
Hospice and palliative care nurses focus on upholding quality of life for terminally ill patients, usually in homes or hospices. The National Board of Certification for Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN) maintains the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) and Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) credential exams, which are both accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). Hospice and palliative care nursing organizations include the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses, especially for those that work for home healthcare or nursing care settings.