The need for more nursing jobs in West Virginia is critical, as the state has one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the U.S. This means hospitals will need more nursing staff for increased patient care, and will also need to replace nurses who are getting old themselves. There is no doubt West Virginia is aware of the magnitude of the current nursing shortage, as WVU just recently joined a partnership to test innovative ideas within the state with the goal of improving patient care in hospitals, increasing retention of nurses, and effectively dealing with the nursing shortage nationally.
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.