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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

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Kaplan University
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Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale
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Grand Canyon University
Online

Grand Canyon University - College of Nursing & Health Care Professions. Online & Campus - Bachelor's and Master's Degrees!

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  • Phoenix
  • Phoenix
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Jacksonville University
Online

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With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

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Northcentral University
Online

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • San Diego
  • San Diego
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University of Saint Mary
Online

Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Leavenworth
  • Leavenworth
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Denver School of Nursing
Online

At Denver College of Nursing, we believe good nurses are the future of quality healthcare.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Denver
  • Denver
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Saint Xavier University
Online

Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, has a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment.

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Ohio Christian University
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Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

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  • Circleville
  • Circleville
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Mount Mercy University
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Mount Mercy University is a nationally recognized Catholic University that promises students of all diverse backgrounds.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Cedar Rapids
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