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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

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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
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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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Liberty University
Online

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Visit www.libertyuniversity.edu

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Lynchburg
  • Lynchburg
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Kaplan University - KHE
Campus

At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Davenport
  • Davenport
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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. 

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  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale
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Southern New Hampshire University
Online

Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University.

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National American University - Roueche Graduate Center
Online

The goal of earning a master’s degree should be defined by you, not by your circumstances. No matter which path you’ve chosen, a graduate degree can help you advance with your current organization, explore opportunities with a new company, or even start fresh in a new industry. When you earn your master's degree, you’re opening new opportunities for career development that can make a difference for you and your family. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.

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Northcentral University
Online

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

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  • San Diego
  • San Diego
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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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