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.
Nephrology nurses, also called renal dialysis nurses, treat patients that suffer from kidney disease that has been caused by substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension and more, and patients that are at-risk for developing kidney disease. The major professional organization for nephrology nurses is the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA). The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) maintains the following credential programs for registered nurses: Certified Nephrology Nurse Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP), Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) and Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses. The median registered nurse salary is $62,450.