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.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses and nurse practitioners care for seriously ill or premature infants in the NICU. The National Certification Corporation (NCC) offers RNC certifications for both Low Risk Neonatal Nursing (RNC-LRN) and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-NIC). The NCC also offers the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP-BC) certification. Professional organizations for neonatal nursing include the Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN), the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP, a division of NANN) and the Association of Women?s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.