Wyoming faces many of the same challenges as other states when it comes to keeping nursing jobs filled in relation to demand. These include having a lack of nursing faculty and an increased demand for patient care because of an aging population. However, Wyoming also loses a lot of its nursing staff to neighboring states, which factors into it having one of the largest projected nursing shortages in the country by 2020. Recent grants and initiatives have helped the state start dealing with these issues, though, and Wyoming is well on its way to doubling its nursing workforce over the next 5-7 years.
Hospice and palliative care nurses focus on upholding quality of life for terminally ill patients, usually in homes or hospices. The National Board of Certification for Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN) maintains the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) and Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) credential exams, which are both accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). Hospice and palliative care nursing organizations include the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses, especially for those that work for home healthcare or nursing care settings.