Like most of the country, New Jersey is facing the challenge of filling nursing jobs. The issue has been a lack of nursing faculty to train the many students wanting to pursue nursing as a career. A new program called the New Jersey Nursing Initiative is aiming to solve this problem by offering scholarships to current nurses who become instructors, which will lead to a greater enrollment of nursing students who can be trained and placed in hospitals. The program is set to run through 2013, with the goal of boosting nursing jobs and reversing the shortage trend.
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.