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The Colorado nursing shortage was twice the national average just before the recession, and it was said that without a big expansion in nurse training programs, projected retirements would push the nursing vacancy rate to 30 percent by 2020, according to "The 2004 Colorado Nursing Faculty Supply and Demand Study," published by the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. Mirroring conditions throughout the nation, nursing schools in Colorado turn away far more prospective nursing students than they accept due to a severe shortage of Nurse Educators and clinical instructors. According to a study done by the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Colorado is the third fastest growing state in the nation, and is predicted to gain 1.5 million additional residents by 2020.

 

While new grads may not find positions readily available in hospitals at the moment, Nurse Educators, Nurse Practitioners, and experienced acute-care and emergency-room nurses remain in great demand.When the economy rebounds, those who put off retirement are expected to leave the profession in droves, along with those who returned to work to stave off economic distress - just as the aging baby-boom population requires more health care. "My concern is that we're going to be seeing a nursing shortage greater than we have ever seen", said Linda Goodwin, chief nursing officer for Memorial Health System. Nurses would be wise to use this time to their advantage by earning an advanced degree now in order to prepare themselves to assume better positions amid the increased opportunities that will exist as the economy starts to improve.

In order to meet the increasingly complex demands of today's health care environment, many healthcare agencies prefer or require a minimum of a bachelor's degree for their nursing staff, so now is the perfect time for LPN's to enroll in an online LPN to RN program, or LPN to BSN degree program, for RN's to take an online RN-BSN degree completion program, or RN to MSN bridge program, and for BSN nurses to earn a MS in Nursing degree.

Average Nursing Base Salaries:

Nursing Assistant: $25,193 - $30,669 Licensed Practical Nurse: $35,575 - $45,278
RN Staff Nurse: $58,741 - $71,293 Nurse Practitioner: $79,785 - $94,043

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Grand Canyon University
Online

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Colorado Technical University Online
Online

Specialized, industry-current degree programs in Health Administration Services, Healthcare Management and Nursing.

Visit www.ctucomm.com

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Colorado Springs
  • Colorado Springs
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Kaplan University
Online

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Visit http://go.kaplanuniversity.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale
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Medical Careers Institute
Online

Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Virginia Beach
  • Virginia Beach
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Keiser University Graduate School
Online

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale
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Post University Online
Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Waterbury
  • Waterbury
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Bradley University
Online

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Peoria
  • Peoria
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Ohio Christian University
Online

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Circleville
  • Circleville
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Saint Marys University of Minnesota
Online

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Winona
  • Winona
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