Massachusetts has experienced a very severe nursing shortage, but recently many more people have entered the profession looking for nursing jobs. This has helped hospitals alleviate some stress, but there is still a struggle to find enough teachers for expanded nursing programs. As of last year, there was an 8 percent vacancy rate of nursing faculty in Massachusetts. Many area colleges are focusing on solving this problem so more nursing students can be educated and join the workforce. Nursing jobs in ICU is one field in the greatest demand right now in Massachusetts.
Renal dialysis nurses, also called nephrology nurses, treat patients that suffer from kidney disease that has been caused by substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension and more, and patients that are at-risk for developing kidney disease. The major professional organization for renal dialysis nurses is the American Nephrology Nurses? Association (ANNA). The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) maintains the following credential programs for registered nurses: Certified Nephrology Nurse ? Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP), Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) and Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.