Utah is experiencing the third worst nursing shortage in the country, and at least 1,000 RN nursing jobs need to be filled right away. This shortage is linked to the critical shortage of nurse faculty in the state. It has been reported that nursing programs have been turning away three times as many nursing applicants as they are admitting because they are full. Utah hospitals are being hurt the most by this. However, recent donations and government money have helped set up a program to train and graduate more RNs and recruit more nursing educators.
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.