Florida currently lacks enough new nurses to make up for the large amount of nursing jobs it needs to fill. Orlando and the rest of Central Florida stand to be in better shape than the rest of the state, but will still face a nursing shortage challenge. One of the reasons for this in Orlando, along with the typical problem of a lack of nursing educators, is that it has an aging population of both patients and current nurses working in its hospitals. Major hospitals in Orlando include: Florida Hospital Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
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.