Since at least 2003, Minnesota has experienced a shortage of nurses and a high demand to fill nursing jobs. Inadequate RN staffing has particularly been a challenge across the state. Like most other states, the factors contributing to this shortage are an aging RN workforce, a lack of nursing educators for qualified nursing applicants, and more patients in hospitals. However, recent federal funding to boost health care training and Minnesota colleges. expansion of nursing programs are helping address the demand to fill 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.