Like much of the rest of the country, Atlanta is suffering from an acute shortage of qualified nurses to fill the growing number of Atlanta nursing jobs. This shortage is a result of the aging population of existing nurses and a lack of capacity in the region's training centers. Most of these Atlanta nursing job openings are in hospitals and home care agencies. Atlanta's largest hospitals include: Grady Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and Emory University Hospital.
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.