Nursing Schools in Washington

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Purdue Global Visit School's Website
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  • Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing
Grand Canyon University Visit School's Website
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  • Online Nursing Degrees
Liberty University Visit School's Website
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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse
Walden University Visit School's Website
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  • Online Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Nursing Programs and Certificates

The acute shortage of nursing faculty at nursing schools in Washington state has had dramatic affect on the number of nursing school applicants accepted to nursing programs in Washington. Over a thousand nursing school applicants were turned away or wait listed just last year. Brian S., a current nursing student at WSU comments, “The time line for being accepted to and finishing an RN to BSN program in Washington has increased significantly, making it a difficult decision for current registered nurses to choose to earn an advanced nursing degree.” With more hospitals in Washington seeking those registered nurses holding a baccalaureate degree in nursing to fill their vacancies it is imperative that Washington nursing programs work to find a way to increase the volume of nurses they graduate.

The recent economic downturn definitely had an impact on the nursing shortage and job placement rates for new nursing school graduates in the state of Washington. The positions being taken by professional nursing organizations are to continue to boost the supply of Registered Nurses, so that when the economy does turn there will be the nursing workforce needed in the state. Learn more about becoming a Nurse in Washington.

Online Nursing Schools in Washington

One solution that has presented is earning a nursing degree through online nursing schools in Washington. The University of Phoenix has been very active in graduating RN to BSN, RN to MSN and MSN graduates over the last few years in Washington. This has helped to alleviate some of the impact on other Washington nursing schools. We have put together some of the most well know online and campus based nursing schools in the country and feature them below. The featured online and campus nursing schools you’ll find on this site are CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited. Request information from the featured online schools to learn more about how they can help qualified registered nurses complete a nursing program in a reasonable amount of time.

Washington Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

The nursing shortage in Washington has reached critical levels. The acute nursing faculty shortage has made it difficult for nursing programs in Washington to accept enough applicants to keep up with the demand. This all sounds depressing, however for a new or veteran nurse this is all very positive with respect to job security and career advancement. Nursing in Washington has become a hot ticket with many nurses basically writing their own contracts and getting what they want. The job outlook is especially promising for those registered nurses holding an advanced degree. There has not been a better time to start or advance your career in nursing.

According to, the average annual salary for all registered nurse job postings in Washington was $56,000. According to the median annual salary for a registered nurse in Bellingham, WA is $60,727, in Bremerton, WA $62,308, in Everett, WA $65,353, in Olympia, WA $61,020, in Richland, WA $61,605, in Seattle, WA $66,524, in Spokane, WA $58,443, in Tacoma, WA $63,655, in Yakima, WA $58,209. These salaries will vary depending on education, location, specialty and experience. Larger hospitals usually pay more than the smaller ones in Washington.

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