Nurses Labor Market

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Nurses labor Market

In the United States the health care industry has a national shortage of registered nurses but it is not evenly distributed across the all the states. Providing care in not an easy job and with more people retiring each year it is pushing up the demand more and more. Nurses are required to more then a high school diploma such as licensing or registrations. Therefore depending on the level of education or licensing, experience, and location will determines a registered nurse's wage. This will allow nurses to apply for job in the medical field as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

"Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles" (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Division of Occupational Employment Statistics) (April 3, 2008).

Nurses are responsible for assessing patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and to maintain medical records. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2007 the states of Massachusetts estimates for occupational employment and wage for registered nurses are: 78,280 registered nurses; median hourly wage; $34.60 mean hourly wage of $36.03; mean annual wage $74,940; mean RSE 1.1%.

With the shortage of educated nurses increasing each year which is creating major concerns that the United Stated may no catch up with the increasingly complex and demanding health environment. Even with the terrible predictions about health care cost-cutting and the nursing industry reducing has not materialized all states. In places like California their higher health care industry has shown an increase with employed nurses, but the nursing demand continues to grow and not declined.

One of the major problems lies with the...