Like many states across the Midwest, Iowa is facing a difficult challenge filling nursing jobs as its demand for nurses greatly exceeds its supply of them. Colleges are struggling to graduate enough qualified nurses to replace the aging workforce, and nursing faculty numbers are low. However, steps are being taken to solve this dilemma. More nursing programs are being approved statewide, and funding is being provided to pay loans of current RNs for their agreement to go into nursing education. The focus of this plan is to increase the number of qualified applicants to fill the abundance of nursing jobs in Iowa.
Renal dialysis nurses, also called nephrology nurses, treat patients that suffer from kidney disease that has been caused by substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension and more, and patients that are at-risk for developing kidney disease. The major professional organization for renal dialysis nurses is the American Nephrology Nurses? Association (ANNA). The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) maintains the following credential programs for registered nurses: Certified Nephrology Nurse ? Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP), Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) and Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.