Demand for nursing jobs in Maryland is expected to grow, with a statewide nursing shortage expected to reach 10,000 by 2016. In Baltimore, the number of vacant hospital nursing jobs is projected to be above ten percent. To combat the shortage, Maryland colleges have been given substantial grant money to lure students to nursing, and a campaign has been launched to add 1,500 new nursing students. The Greater Baltimore Medical Center, for example, gave $500,000 for this cause. Other major Baltimore hospitals include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Union Memorial Hospital.
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.