The state of Mississippi has been dealing with a nursing shortage for awhile, but nursing jobs have especially been in demand since Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately for the state, the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce is one of the most innovative nursing workforce centers in the country. They have taken recent steps to bolster training and placement of nurses, and recently helped get a large salary increase approved for nursing faculty. Because of these efforts, student placement has increased dramatically, which will help hospitals fill nursing jobs more effectively in the near future.
A perioperative nurse assists the surgeons in the operating room by handling instruments, monitoring the patient and suturing incisions. The major professional organization for perioperative nurses in the United States is the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) offers two credentials that are accredited by both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and by the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC): Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) and Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.