Facing a large projected nursing shortage of 23,000 nurses by 2020, Virginia must take major steps to add nursing jobs and keep hospitals staffed. Fortunately the state has already seen a major spike in interest in nursing, with an almost 70 percent increase in graduates from nursing programs in Virginia community colleges since 2002. More nursing faculty will be needed, but for now hospitals and health systems are committed long-term to provide funding and training to increase Virginia.s nursing workforce.
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.