Like many states across the Midwest, Iowa is facing a difficult challenge filling nursing jobs as its demand for nurses greatly exceeds its supply of them. Colleges are struggling to graduate enough qualified nurses to replace the aging workforce, and nursing faculty numbers are low. However, steps are being taken to solve this dilemma. More nursing programs are being approved statewide, and funding is being provided to pay loans of current RNs for their agreement to go into nursing education. The focus of this plan is to increase the number of qualified applicants to fill the abundance of nursing jobs in Iowa.
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.