How to become a nurse in nursing: How to apply for residencies, training and residency programs

With the advent of the opioid crisis, many Americans are struggling to find affordable, reliable, and well-paying nursing jobs.

And while there are more than 30,000 nurses in the United States, only about half of them have the credentials and experience needed to qualify for these positions.

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country, nurses need to know that they can have a career that can provide the best outcomes for their patients.

For many, the dream of working in a specialty in nursing, as an in-home nurse, or as a nurse practitioner can become a nightmare.

This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.