Nursing Schools in Idaho - ID

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Idaho nursing schools are experiencing a difficult time graduating enough nurses to meet the demand for registered nurses in the state of Idaho. Idaho is experiencing the same nursing shortage struggles as the rest of the country and is ranked 48th in the country for lowest nurse to patient ratio. The need for nurses with advanced degrees as well as new registered nurses has never been greater. Read the article How to Become a Nurse in Idaho to learn more about Registered Nurse licensure and the job outlook for new nurses in the state of Idaho.

Idaho has one master’s in nursing program through Idaho State University School of Nursing and one other will be available soon through Boise State University. There are only a limited number of students admitted each year to the Idaho State master’s in nursing program and the new program at Boise State school of nursing will have a limited number of openings as well. This scenario is contributing to the declining number of nurse educators in the state of Idaho and in turn adding to the nursing shortage.

Online Nursing Schools in Idaho

To help address the need for qualified nurses and advance degrees for nurses Nursing-School-Degrees.com is offering information about online and onsite nursing schools in Idaho. The University of Phoenix School of Nursing has a campus in Boise that offers an MSN program as well as a variety of online MSN programs including LVN to BSN, RN to BSN and RN to MSN. Walden University School of Nursing also offers a number of online Master’s in nursing programs.

Idaho Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

The Idaho Nursing Workforce Center conducted a survey in 2006 to determine how many new nurses will be needed in 2007. The results found that Idaho needs 923 new nurses in 2007. In 2005 Idaho nursing programs graduated 502 new RNs. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services estimates that by 2020, Idaho will lack about 30 percent of the nurses it needs.  Now is the time to become a nurse or advance your career in nursing with a BSN or MSN. Job security for nurses in Idaho is projected to be excellent based on these findings.

The Idaho Division of Human Resources reported in 2004 that the average annual salary for registered nurses in Idaho is $37,604 below the national average of $45,158.  However, nursing wages continued to grow at extraordinary rates as the demand for nurses outpaced supply. Indeed.com reported the average annual salary for an RN in Idaho as $42,000. Much depends on your experience and credentials so use these numbers as a ball park.

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