Wyoming faces many of the same challenges as other states when it comes to keeping nursing jobs filled in relation to demand. These include having a lack of nursing faculty and an increased demand for patient care because of an aging population. However, Wyoming also loses a lot of its nursing staff to neighboring states, which factors into it having one of the largest projected nursing shortages in the country by 2020. Recent grants and initiatives have helped the state start dealing with these issues, though, and Wyoming is well on its way to doubling its nursing workforce over the next 5-7 years.
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.