The need for more nursing jobs in West Virginia is critical, as the state has one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the U.S. This means hospitals will need more nursing staff for increased patient care, and will also need to replace nurses who are getting old themselves. There is no doubt West Virginia is aware of the magnitude of the current nursing shortage, as WVU just recently joined a partnership to test innovative ideas within the state with the goal of improving patient care in hospitals, increasing retention of nurses, and effectively dealing with the nursing shortage nationally.
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.