According to recent statistics, the Houston area is struggling with an ongoing nursing shortage of 4,000 to 5,000 full-time RNs, meaning that nursing jobs need to be filled quickly. On top of this, the Texas Board of Nursing reports that nearly 3,000 hospital beds are in the process of being added to the Houston market, so demand for nurses will be even greater soon, especially those with experience. Houston is home of the famous Texas Medical Center, and its largest hospital is The Methodist Hospital.
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.