New Mexico is facing a crisis right now, as it is projected that it will only be able to meet 64 percent of its demand for nursing jobs by the year 2020. The main factor for this is that despite a large nursing shortage, almost half of the qualified applicants in the state are being turned down by nursing programs. There are simply not enough trained nursing educators. A new bill proposed by NM Senator Jeff Bingaman aims directly to address this lack of nursing instructors, and if passed would be a huge boost to states like New Mexico.
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.