In Hawaii, the deficit of nurses is expected to grow in the next 10 years to a level that is about a quarter of the projected nursing jobs needed. The issue, as it is in so many inland states, is that the nursing workforce is aging and will be retiring, and so will many nursing faculty members. So, more nursing students are needed, but so are nursing teachers to help fill hospitals with qualified staff. The Hawaii Legislature has already taken steps by providing funds to increase enrollment in state nursing programs, but recruitment and retention will be ongoing issues to effectively keep nursing jobs filled.
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.