Few states have been affected by the nursing shortage like Louisiana, as it has been struggling to fill nursing jobs consistently since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, the state has a severe shortage of CRNAs, particularly in the New Orleans area. Recent grants and federal funding have been provided to expand nursing programs in the state to boost the number of RNs. The nursing shortage is Louisiana.s limiting factor in the number of hospital beds that can be opened to the growing number of people who need them.
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.