Florida currently lacks enough new nurses to make up for the large amount of nursing jobs it needs to fill. Orlando and the rest of Central Florida stand to be in better shape than the rest of the state, but will still face a nursing shortage challenge. One of the reasons for this in Orlando, along with the typical problem of a lack of nursing educators, is that it has an aging population of both patients and current nurses working in its hospitals. Major hospitals in Orlando include: Florida Hospital Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
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.