The amount of nursing jobs in Illinois continues to grow. Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a significant shortage of nurses. To keep up with demand, Illinois will need to increase the number of nurses graduated annually from 4,000 to 6,000 by 2010. This is due to a projected shortage of 21,000 nurses statewide by 2020. Although two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area, there is a major need for nurses throughout the state.
Perianesthesia nurses care for patients before and after those patients undergo anesthesia. Postoperative perianesthesia nursing duties including ensuring the patients breathing and vital signs are normal, and managing the patients pain and nausea. The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc maintains two certification programs: Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) and Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA)both of which are accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). The major professional organization for perianesthesia nursing is the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.