The challenge of filling nursing jobs in Oklahoma may get more difficult before it gets easier. By 2012, Oklahoma is expected to have a shortage of more than 3,000 nurses if current trends continue. Like many other states, the main problem is a lack of nursing faculty and an aging population. What makes things more difficult in Oklahoma is that it is very rural, so recruitment is a challenge. Some hospitals are offering to pay some tuition for students who go into nursing, and offer nice signing bonuses to work full-time once they do.
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.