Facing a large projected nursing shortage of 23,000 nurses by 2020, Virginia must take major steps to add nursing jobs and keep hospitals staffed. Fortunately the state has already seen a major spike in interest in nursing, with an almost 70 percent increase in graduates from nursing programs in Virginia community colleges since 2002. More nursing faculty will be needed, but for now hospitals and health systems are committed long-term to provide funding and training to increase Virginia.s nursing workforce.
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.