Georgia is facing a significant shortage of nurses to fill its nursing jobs, especially in its hospitals. A recent workforce report shows that Georgia is in the bottom fourth of the country with an RN vacancy rate of almost 11 percent in member hospitals. The greatest need for nurses is in the critical care department. Like many states in the country, the greatest problem for Georgia is a lack of faculty to teach many qualified nursing applicants who are getting turned down. This is a problem state officials are focusing on to handle the ever increasing demand for more nursing jobs.
Parish nurses, also known as church nurses, combine their nursing skills and religious faith to care for fellow members of their religious community. One resource for parish nurses is the International Parish Nurse Resource Center run by Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries, LLC. The American Nurses Association (ANA) calls parish nursing, faith community nursing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median annual salary of registered nurses is $62,450; annual salaries are greatly influenced by specialty, experience, region and industry.