There is a great need to create and fill more nursing jobs in New Hampshire, but there is currently a shortage. This is not due to a lack of interest in nursing, but rather a lack of faculty to teach qualified applicants at nursing schools and hospitals. Recent efforts have been made to expand programs and add nursing courses online, but with the average age of RNs being almost 50 in the state, more will need to be done to make up for an aging workforce.
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.