As Connecticut struggles to fill nursing jobs, state officials are trying to increase education programs and funds to deal with the nursing shortage. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, there are 1,081 openings for registered nurses per year, 535 annual openings for nursing aides and 294 openings a year for licensed practical nurses. The Department estimates that by 2014, the demand for registered nurses will have grown by 13 percent. This means that quality candidates for nursing jobs are in high demand in Connecticut.
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.