Montana is predominantly a rural state, so many available nursing jobs are for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. However, the state is facing a critical nursing shortage in all areas that is projected to rise as many RNs in their fifties and sixties retire. Also, nursing education is a constant struggle due to a lack of educators and facilities and land constraints. Nurses with a strong education who are willing to work and travel in rural areas are in high demand in Montana, and will continue to be for quite some time.
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.