With more than three quarters of nurses in Vermont age 45 or older, there is an evident need for a new crop of nurses to fill nursing jobs in the near future. The nursing shortage is not as severe in Vermont as it is elsewhere, but with more than half of the nursing industry planning to retire by 2020, it will definitely feel the pinch soon. The state has already prepared for this by offering financial incentives for nurses to pursue graduate studies and go into teaching, which will help expand nursing programs and lessen the projected shortage.
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.