With health care ranking as the third largest employment sector in the Chicago area, nursing jobs are plentiful. However, the city is experiencing a major workforce shortage, one that is set to grow dramatically through 2020. According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the metropolitan Chicago area has a shortage of more than 2,500 nurses, and this could grow to 21,000 statewide by 2020. Roughly two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area. Chicago.s largest hospitals include: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, and Rush University Medical Center.
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.