Georgia is facing a significant shortage of nurses to fill its nursing jobs, especially in its hospitals. A recent workforce report shows that Georgia is in the bottom fourth of the country with an RN vacancy rate of almost 11 percent in member hospitals. The greatest need for nurses is in the critical care department. Like many states in the country, the greatest problem for Georgia is a lack of faculty to teach many qualified nursing applicants who are getting turned down. This is a problem state officials are focusing on to handle the ever increasing demand for more nursing jobs.
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.