Nursing jobs in Rhode Island are very important as the state is facing a large projected nursing shortage, as much as 6,500 RNs by 2020. Although the down economy has caused some Rhode Island hospitals to cut back on hiring recently, this is expected to change as the current workforce starts retiring and more patients need treatment. The state is already taking measures to prepare for this need, offering tax credits to RNs with experience to go into nursing education, and expanding current nursing programs to attract more students from out of state.
Intellectual and developmental disabilities nurses care for patients that have mental, physical or behavioral disabilities, including autism, Aspergers syndrome, Retts syndrome and more. Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) nurses may help patients with speaking or other communication skills, eating, controlling bodily functions, becoming independently mobile and more. The major organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities nursing, the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) maintains the Registered Nurse Certification in Developmental Disabilities Nursing (CDDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.