Few states have been affected by the nursing shortage like Louisiana, as it has been struggling to fill nursing jobs consistently since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, the state has a severe shortage of CRNAs, particularly in the New Orleans area. Recent grants and federal funding have been provided to expand nursing programs in the state to boost the number of RNs. The nursing shortage is Louisiana.s limiting factor in the number of hospital beds that can be opened to the growing number of people who need them.
Radiology nurses treat patients that are undergoing diagnostic radiation procedures such as radiation therapy, radiography, MRIs, mammography, computed tomography and ultrasound. The major professional organization for radiology nursing is the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing (ARIN). The Radiologic Nursing Certification Board (RNCB), a subsidiary of ARIN, maintains the Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) credential program. To be eligible to take the CRN credential exam, registered nurses must have an active RN license and at least 2,000 hours of radiology nursing experience within the past 3 years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.