Michigan has many nursing jobs available, but not enough nurses to fill them. According to an industry study, Michigan is projected to be 18,000 nurses short by 2015. The main issue, much like in other states, is that there is not enough qualified faculty to accommodate the numerous qualified applicants interested in nursing. Another issue is the aging nursing workforce. Both of these problems are being addressed, and the good news is nurses and nursing instructors are in high demand across the state.
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.