The health care industry in Alaska has generated more new jobs, mostly nursing jobs, than any other industry in the state in the past decade. However, Alaska is still in the midst of a serious nursing shortage, much like other states. Nursing educators are in high demand to increase the number of nursing school graduates and help ease the stress on hospitals because of the shortage. Qualified nursing candidates at all levels are sought after, especially in the city areas of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.
Urology nurses treat patients that have problems with their urinary tract, kidneys or reproductive organs (usually if male). The major professional organization for urology nursing is the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA), though a pediatric urology nurse may wish to join the Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialists (PUNS), a subgroup of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) maintains the Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner (CUNP) credential exam and the Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) exam. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.