As Connecticut struggles to fill nursing jobs, state officials are trying to increase education programs and funds to deal with the nursing shortage. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, there are 1,081 openings for registered nurses per year, 535 annual openings for nursing aides and 294 openings a year for licensed practical nurses. The Department estimates that by 2014, the demand for registered nurses will have grown by 13 percent. This means that quality candidates for nursing jobs are in high demand in Connecticut.
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.