New Mexico is facing a crisis right now, as it is projected that it will only be able to meet 64 percent of its demand for nursing jobs by the year 2020. The main factor for this is that despite a large nursing shortage, almost half of the qualified applicants in the state are being turned down by nursing programs. There are simply not enough trained nursing educators. A new bill proposed by NM Senator Jeff Bingaman aims directly to address this lack of nursing instructors, and if passed would be a huge boost to states like New Mexico.
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.