Arkansas is facing similar challenges in filling its nursing jobs as many other surrounding states. One of the main concerns is that not enough nursing students are graduating to keep up with the pace that new RNs are needed. The fortunate part is that Arkansas has many nursing positions currently available, because the profession has not been as drastically affected by the economic downturn as it has in many urban areas in the country.
Nephrology nurses, also called renal dialysis nurses, treat patients that suffer from kidney disease that has been caused by substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension and more, and patients that are at-risk for developing kidney disease. The major professional organization for nephrology nurses is the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) maintains the following credential programs for registered nurses: Certified Nephrology Nurse Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP), Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) and Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.