Kentucky Nursing Schools
With most of the nurses in the state being in their upper 40s and 50s,nurses will be in very short supplyand in high demand for many years to come. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reports that 5 out of the top 15 quickest growing occupations in Kentucky are health care related.Meanwhile, universities in Kentucky are turning away hundreds of qualified nursing students because of a lack of nurse educators, andthe nursing faculty shortage isexpected to worsen as an aging faculty workforce transitions into retirement. Kentucky has a significantly higher percentage of rural residents and a population aging faster than most states, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There are 97 hospitals in Kentucky, 67 of which are located in rural areas. There are 130 Rural Health Clinics in Kentucky, and 15 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 69 sites in the state.Job growth for nurses in the state is projected to be between 20-22 percent. Retirements will further reduce the supply of health care workers in Kentucky at an increasing rate through 2020 (Kentucky Hospital Association), just as demand for health care services is projected to rise sharply.
Kentucky has a high demand for additional Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives to provide primary care to underserved rural and urban areas, and for Nurse Educators. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are also in high demand presently. Many hospitals and other health care employers that don't already require a BSN degree for new hires have established "BSN preferred" policies, 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: $22,445 - $27,383||Licensed Practical Nurse: $33,548 - $40,426|
|RN Staff Nurse: $52,447 - $63,654||Nurse Practitioner: $71,236- $83,966|
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