San Jose is facing the same challenge filling nursing jobs as the majority of metro areas in California. There are simply more patients needing care in hospitals than nurses can handle. Sadly, the recession has compounded this problem as San Jose hospitals have slowed in hiring, but RNs are still in great demand in the area and this will only increase. The three main hospitals in San Jose are Good Samaritan Hospital, O.Connor Hospital, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
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.