The state of Mississippi has been dealing with a nursing shortage for awhile, but nursing jobs have especially been in demand since Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately for the state, the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce is one of the most innovative nursing workforce centers in the country. They have taken recent steps to bolster training and placement of nurses, and recently helped get a large salary increase approved for nursing faculty. Because of these efforts, student placement has increased dramatically, which will help hospitals fill nursing jobs more effectively in the near future.
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.