Nursing jobs in Rhode Island are very important as the state is facing a large projected nursing shortage, as much as 6,500 RNs by 2020. Although the down economy has caused some Rhode Island hospitals to cut back on hiring recently, this is expected to change as the current workforce starts retiring and more patients need treatment. The state is already taking measures to prepare for this need, offering tax credits to RNs with experience to go into nursing education, and expanding current nursing programs to attract more students from out of state.
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.