Nursing Schools in Illinois - IL
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- CNA Programs in Illinois
- LPN Programs in Illinois
- Associate's Degree RN Programs - Illinois Board Approved
- BSN Programs in Illinois - Illinois Board Approved
- RN to BSN Programs in Illinois
- RN to MSN Programs in Illinois
- MSN Programs in Illinois
- Nurse Practitioner Programs in Illinois
- DNP Programs in Illinois
- Featured Post-Licensure Nursing Programs
Read anywhere about Illinois nursing programs and you will find that they are heavily impacted by the nursing faculty shortage which is in turn affecting the number of graduating nurses every year in Illinois and contributing to the state’s nursing shortage. The demand for nurses with a BSN continues to increase, driven by the requirements at hospitals and health care agencies throughout Illinois. Most job listings in Illinois now require a bachelor of science in nursing to apply. The problem is that the bachelor in science nursing programs at nursing schools in Illinois are turning away hundreds of qualified applicants each year because they do not have the nursing faculty or the space to offer the RN to BSN or LPN to BSN programs to meet the state’s demand for registered nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing.
Online Nursing Schools in Illinois
If you are a registered nurse looking for an LPN to BSN, RN to BSN or RN to MSN program, please consider earning you nursing degree online at one of the CCNE accredited Illinois nursing programs. These nursing programs can be completed, in most cases, at an accelerated pace. Scholarship and other financial aid information can also be requested from these schools.
These online Illinois nursing programs include nursing certificate programs and a number of different nursing master’s degree programs, including a master’s in nursing with an emphasis on nurse educator tracks to prepare students for nursing faculty careers. You'll also find Doctoral nursing programs as well as a listing of scholarship opportunities for nurses in Illinois.
Illinois Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information
Illinois may be facing a shortage of over 21,000 nurses by 2020. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is reporting that the state currently has a nursing shortage of 7 percent (calculated by vacancies vs. jobs filled) and that shortage is projected to grow to almost 8,000 registered nurses and 1,200 licensed practical nurses (per year, projected through 2010). What this means is that a career in nursing in Illinois will be rewarding, prosperous and job security will not be an issue.
The median hourly pay for a registered nurse in Illinois is $25.60, according to payscale.com. Salary.com reports that the median annual salary for a staff nurse in Chicago is $64,313. These salaries will, of course, vary depending on your experience and the credentials you hold.