Utah is experiencing the third worst nursing shortage in the country, and at least 1,000 RN nursing jobs need to be filled right away. This shortage is linked to the critical shortage of nurse faculty in the state. It has been reported that nursing programs have been turning away three times as many nursing applicants as they are admitting because they are full. Utah hospitals are being hurt the most by this. However, recent donations and government money have helped set up a program to train and graduate more RNs and recruit more nursing educators.
Gastroenterology nurses care for patients with intestinal and digestive disorders, including acid reflux, abdominal bleeding, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer and ulcers. An experienced gastroenterology nurse can become a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse (CGRN) if he or she passes the national certification exam administered by, and meets the requirements of, the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN). This certification exam is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), and Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurses must renew their CGRN certification every five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.