The state of Mississippi has been dealing with a nursing shortage for awhile, but nursing jobs have especially been in demand since Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately for the state, the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce is one of the most innovative nursing workforce centers in the country. They have taken recent steps to bolster training and placement of nurses, and recently helped get a large salary increase approved for nursing faculty. Because of these efforts, student placement has increased dramatically, which will help hospitals fill nursing jobs more effectively in the near future.
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.