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.
Experienced registered nurses may become registered nurse consultants in their particular area of expertise. Some become legal nurse consultants (LNCs) and help attorneys with the medical aspects of their cases. Some nurses choose to become lactation consultants to help new mothers that are having trouble breastfeeding. Registered nurses also become consultants for government agencies for issues like childhood obesity awareness campaigns and HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns, and help to prepare plans in case of natural disasters or biological terrorism. Registered nurse consultants should usually be advanced practice nurses, credentialed in their specialty and/or have several years of relevant experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.