Since at least 2003, Minnesota has experienced a shortage of nurses and a high demand to fill nursing jobs. Inadequate RN staffing has particularly been a challenge across the state. Like most other states, the factors contributing to this shortage are an aging RN workforce, a lack of nursing educators for qualified nursing applicants, and more patients in hospitals. However, recent federal funding to boost health care training and Minnesota colleges. expansion of nursing programs are helping address the demand to fill nursing jobs.
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.