The challenge of creating and filling nursing jobs in North Carolina continues to be one of the biggest facing the state. Interest in nursing remains high, but a lack of nursing educators has created a shortage of qualified nurses. However, recent statewide efforts and a task force implemented by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine have made significant progress in addressing the nursing workforce shortage. More work is needed, though, and funding is a high priority in North Carolina to continue improving education programs and the entire nursing workplace environment.
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.