With more than three quarters of nurses in Vermont age 45 or older, there is an evident need for a new crop of nurses to fill nursing jobs in the near future. The nursing shortage is not as severe in Vermont as it is elsewhere, but with more than half of the nursing industry planning to retire by 2020, it will definitely feel the pinch soon. The state has already prepared for this by offering financial incentives for nurses to pursue graduate studies and go into teaching, which will help expand nursing programs and lessen the projected shortage.
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.