Like many states across the Midwest, Iowa is facing a difficult challenge filling nursing jobs as its demand for nurses greatly exceeds its supply of them. Colleges are struggling to graduate enough qualified nurses to replace the aging workforce, and nursing faculty numbers are low. However, steps are being taken to solve this dilemma. More nursing programs are being approved statewide, and funding is being provided to pay loans of current RNs for their agreement to go into nursing education. The focus of this plan is to increase the number of qualified applicants to fill the abundance of nursing jobs in Iowa.
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.