Georgia is facing a significant shortage of nurses to fill its nursing jobs, especially in its hospitals. A recent workforce report shows that Georgia is in the bottom fourth of the country with an RN vacancy rate of almost 11 percent in member hospitals. The greatest need for nurses is in the critical care department. Like many states in the country, the greatest problem for Georgia is a lack of faculty to teach many qualified nursing applicants who are getting turned down. This is a problem state officials are focusing on to handle the ever increasing demand for more nursing jobs.
Intravenous therapy nursing involves the administration of drugs, fluids and blood to patients through intravenous injections. The major professional organization for intravenous therapy 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.