RN Programs in Massachusetts
Healthcare is one of Massachusetts' major employers, accounting for over 400,000 jobs, and Nursing is an important discipline within the healthcare sector.Although Massachusetts has experienced one of the most severe nursing shortages in its history, it is not immune to current economic conditions. The nursing shortage has eased due to the economy, forcing nurses to postpone retirements, stay in present jobs, and bringing a re-entry to the workforce of nurses who had left the profession. While this makes jobs for new grad nurses temporarily more difficult to find, the long-term nursing shortage is as big as ever. Once the economy starts to improve those nurses who stayed on for economic reasons will leave.Large numbers of baby-boomer nurses will soon begin to reach retirement age, and nursing education capacity is currently insufficient to replace them. State regulations governing nursing education in Massachusetts require that nursing faculty hold at least a master's degree in nursing, but Massachusetts offers a waiver to allow BSN nurses enrolled in a graduate nursing program with an expected graduation date within five years to become clinical and nursing skills laboratory instructors.According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, Massachusetts will experience a 41 percent vacancy rate in nursing positions by the year 2020, requiring more than 36,000 nurses to give adequate patient care.
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: $27,048 - $32,999||Licensed Practical Nurse: $40,428 - $48,716|
|RN Staff Nurse: $63,202- $76,707||Nurse Practitioner: $85,844- $101,185|
Find Nursing Schools and Allied Health Programs For Massachusetts
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