Demand for nursing jobs in Maryland is expected to grow, with a statewide nursing shortage expected to reach 10,000 by 2016. In Baltimore, the number of vacant hospital nursing jobs is projected to be above ten percent. To combat the shortage, Maryland colleges have been given substantial grant money to lure students to nursing, and a campaign has been launched to add 1,500 new nursing students. The Greater Baltimore Medical Center, for example, gave $500,000 for this cause. Other major Baltimore hospitals include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Union Memorial 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.