There is a continuing nursing shortage in Maryland resulting in plenty of available nursing jobs. The most basic cause of the problem is that an insufficient number of people are entering the field to keep up with demand. Projections show that between 2000 and 2020 there is an anticipated 40 percent increase in the demand for nurses compared to only a projected 6 percent growth in the supply of nurses. This means that hospitals statewide will be looking for qualified candidates to improve the high rate of vacancy, and nursing schools will be aggressively expanding enrollment.
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.