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.
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.