As the need for more nursing jobs increases in the state of Washington, campaigns are running to increase the awareness of the value of the nursing profession to society. Washington faces many of the same problems as other states in its nursing shortage, so a major focus has been adding nursing faculty and improving nursing education programs for the rapidly expanding number of people interested in nursing as a career. if all goes according to plan, the state will be able to reverse the scary projection of being 26,000 nurses short by the year 2020.
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.