Facing a large projected nursing shortage of 23,000 nurses by 2020, Virginia must take major steps to add nursing jobs and keep hospitals staffed. Fortunately the state has already seen a major spike in interest in nursing, with an almost 70 percent increase in graduates from nursing programs in Virginia community colleges since 2002. More nursing faculty will be needed, but for now hospitals and health systems are committed long-term to provide funding and training to increase Virginia.s nursing workforce.
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.