RN Programs in Tennessee
Tennessee hospitals are already short of registered nurses, and budget cuts are making it harder for the local nursing schools to enroll more students. Current, conservative estimates still predict that in the next decade the U.S. will begin to experience one of the worst shortages of registered nurses in the nation's history. Unlike nurse shortages in the past, a rapidly aging population, a subsequent increased demand for RNs, plus an aging nursing workforce drive this nurse shortage, unparalleled in American nursing. A recent HRSA study predicts that Tennessee could face a shortage of 35,300 registered nurses by 2020, approximately half the number needed. Rapid changes in health care and technology require the nursing profession to continually expand its role. "The stability and quality of our nation's health care rely heavily on a sufficient supply of appropriately educated and skilled nurses," according to Susan B. Hassmiller, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Educators and health planners see the growing demand for nurses not only as a need for additional personnel but also for additional education, with more nurses prepared in baccalaureate programs that emphasize leadership, patient education, case management, and care across a variety of acute care and outpatient settings. Nurse Educators, BSN prepared nurses, home health nurses, and all advanced practice specialties — clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and nurse anesthetists — are professions that are sought after — especially in rural areas.
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: $22,941- $27,986||Licensed Practical Nurse: $34,317 - $41,343|
|RN Staff Nurse: $53,426- $64,853||Nurse Practitioner: $72,674 - $85,660|
Find Nursing Schools and Allied Health Programs For Tennessee
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