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.
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.