North Dakota has been facing a challenge filling nursing jobs in recent years, but a recent report suggests that the state.s nursing shortage may be easing. The RN vacancy rate has dropped considerably since 2005, leaving hospitals in pretty good shape. However, demand for nurses remains high, especially for LPNs and in rural areas of the state. Also, North Dakota.s elderly population will double by 2020, creating a huge demand for all types of skilled nurses.
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.