Facing a large projected nursing shortage of 23,000 nurses by 2020, Virginia must take major steps to add nursing jobs and keep hospitals staffed. Fortunately the state has already seen a major spike in interest in nursing, with an almost 70 percent increase in graduates from nursing programs in Virginia community colleges since 2002. More nursing faculty will be needed, but for now hospitals and health systems are committed long-term to provide funding and training to increase Virginia.s nursing workforce.
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.