The challenge of filling nursing jobs in Oklahoma may get more difficult before it gets easier. By 2012, Oklahoma is expected to have a shortage of more than 3,000 nurses if current trends continue. Like many other states, the main problem is a lack of nursing faculty and an aging population. What makes things more difficult in Oklahoma is that it is very rural, so recruitment is a challenge. Some hospitals are offering to pay some tuition for students who go into nursing, and offer nice signing bonuses to work full-time once they do.
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.