The need for more nursing jobs is expected to grow in Oregon, as an aging RN workforce moves closer to retirement. A program called the N2K Nursing Education Program, a collaboration of the Oregon Health Career Center, hospitals and nursing programs, aims to take on the nursing shortage by providing tuition money for hospital employees to complete nursing degrees. Furthermore, hospitals throughout Oregon have taken measures to improve recruitment and retention of nurses, and there has been a statewide focus on adding more nursing educators to schools.
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.