Montana is predominantly a rural state, so many available nursing jobs are for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. However, the state is facing a critical nursing shortage in all areas that is projected to rise as many RNs in their fifties and sixties retire. Also, nursing education is a constant struggle due to a lack of educators and facilities and land constraints. Nurses with a strong education who are willing to work and travel in rural areas are in high demand in Montana, and will continue to be for quite some time.
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.