RN Programs in Iowa
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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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.
- Nursing (RN to BSN)
- RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (RN-MSN)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Building on Purdue's mission to provide greater access to affordable, world-class education, Purdue University Globaldelivers a fully personalized online experience that's tailored to working adults.
- Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
- Prescott Valley
- Prescott Valley
Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.
Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.
- Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale
Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is one of the country’s leading Catholic universities.