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.
Intellectual and developmental disabilities nurses care for patients that have mental, physical or behavioral disabilities, including autism, Aspergers syndrome, Retts syndrome and more. Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) nurses may help patients with speaking or other communication skills, eating, controlling bodily functions, becoming independently mobile and more. The major organization for intellectual and developmental disabilities nursing, the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) maintains the Registered Nurse Certification in Developmental Disabilities Nursing (CDDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.