There is a continuing nursing shortage in Maryland resulting in plenty of available nursing jobs. The most basic cause of the problem is that an insufficient number of people are entering the field to keep up with demand. Projections show that between 2000 and 2020 there is an anticipated 40 percent increase in the demand for nurses compared to only a projected 6 percent growth in the supply of nurses. This means that hospitals statewide will be looking for qualified candidates to improve the high rate of vacancy, and nursing schools will be aggressively expanding enrollment.
Wound, ostomy and continence nurses care for patients that have wounds (including ulcers and those caused by injury), ostemies (artificial openings that allow for alternate disposal of bodily wastes) and/or incontinence. The major professional organization is the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). Certification is maintained by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB), and their CWOCN, COCN, CWCN and CCCN credentials are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.