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Although the faltering economy has spurred retired nurses to re-enter the workforce, the nursing shortage in Iowa persists, the Iowa Independent reports. Driving the nursing shortage is a simultaneous shortage of instructors qualified to lead nursing programs, which in 2008 resulted in Iowa nursing programs turning away nearly 2,000 qualified applicants. According to the Independent, the faculty shortage is only expected to worsen as an aging faculty workforce transitions into retirement. At the University of Iowa, for example, the average age of senior experienced researchers and teachers is 59 years old, placing them close to retirement age. Aging nurses also are expected to soon contribute to the state's general nursing workforce shortage. According to a December 2007 Iowa Board of Nursing report, 41 percent of the state's active licensed practical nurses and 51 percent of active R.N.s were age 47 and older. Furthermore, future projections suggest the state's aging population will increase demand for health care services, particularly services provided in the long-term care setting. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported a nursing shortage of over eight percent in 2008. That number is expected to jump to 27 percent in just over a decade. BSN prepared nurses, Nurse Educators, and Nurse Practitioners to provide primary care, especially in rural Iowa are especially needed.

 

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: $23,117 - $28,203 Licensed Practical Nurse: $34,553 - $41,637
RN Staff Nurse: $54,017 - $65,560 Nurse Practitioner: $73,369- $86,481

Find Nursing Schools and Allied Health Programs For Iowa

Browse accredited nursing schools and allied health programs that accept students from Iowa, then request free information from any or all schools offeringprograms that match your needs:


This list also contains online schools that accept students from Iowa

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Grand Canyon University
Online

Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!

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Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Phoenix
  • Phoenix
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Colorado Technical University Online
Online

A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

Visit www.ctucomm.com

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Colorado Springs
  • Colorado Springs
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Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Online

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

Visit www.simmons.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Boston
  • Boston
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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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South University, Online Programs
Online

As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Visit www.southuniversity.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Savannah
  • Savannah
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American InterContinental University Online
Online

Healthcare Management programs at the bachelor and master’s level, with undergraduate specializations in health services administration and gerontology management.

Visit www.aiuniv.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Schaumburg
  • Schaumburg
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Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University
Online

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.

Visit www.gw.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Washington
  • Washington
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Colorado Mesa University
Online

At Colorado Mesa University, we take pride in being different. We have a true pioneering spirit that shines in everything we do. We believe in integrity, loyalty and personalized attention for our students.

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