New Mexico is facing a crisis right now, as it is projected that it will only be able to meet 64 percent of its demand for nursing jobs by the year 2020. The main factor for this is that despite a large nursing shortage, almost half of the qualified applicants in the state are being turned down by nursing programs. There are simply not enough trained nursing educators. A new bill proposed by NM Senator Jeff Bingaman aims directly to address this lack of nursing instructors, and if passed would be a huge boost to states like New Mexico.
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.