San Diego has a well-earned reputation for being a leader in medical research and filling nursing jobs with top-level candidates. It is the home of excellent university hospitals, facilities and research institutes, and San Diego State University is the largest producer of baccalaureate nurses in the county. Some of the major hospitals in the San Diego area are Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and UC San Diego Medical Center.
Neuro-surgical nurses are specialized medical-surgical nurses that care for patients needing neurosurgery for problems involving their nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves). The Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) credential program is maintained by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN). Neurosurgical nurses must renew their CNRN certification every five years. The major professional organization for neurosurgical nursing is the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), although neuro-surgical nurses may also consider joining the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), which is the major professional organization for adult medical-surgical nursing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.