San Antonio, like most cities in Texas, continues to have a shortfall of nurses and is seeking qualified candidates for available nursing jobs. This is good news for increasing numbers of nursing graduates, but is making it difficult on area hospitals that need more nursing faculty and staff to keep up with demand. A few of the largest hospitals in San Antonio include Methodist Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, and Southwest General 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.