The amount of nursing jobs in Illinois continues to grow. Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a significant shortage of nurses. To keep up with demand, Illinois will need to increase the number of nurses graduated annually from 4,000 to 6,000 by 2010. This is due to a projected shortage of 21,000 nurses statewide by 2020. Although two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area, there is a major need for nurses throughout the state.
Infusion therapy involves the administration of drugs, fluids and blood to patients through injections, usually intravenously (which is known as intravenous therapy), although the term extends to intramuscular injections and epidural routes as well. The major professional organization for infusion nursing is the Infusion Nurses Society (INS). Registered nurses can earn the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) credential through the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC); this certification program is accredited by both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American Board of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.