Few states have been affected by the nursing shortage like Louisiana, as it has been struggling to fill nursing jobs consistently since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, the state has a severe shortage of CRNAs, particularly in the New Orleans area. Recent grants and federal funding have been provided to expand nursing programs in the state to boost the number of RNs. The nursing shortage is Louisiana.s limiting factor in the number of hospital beds that can be opened to the growing number of people who need them.
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.