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Demand Grows for Registered Nurses in Idaho

Registered nurse and Boise State student Sean Brown (right) reviews patient files with fellow nurse Kara Hunt.

Registered nurse and Boise State student Sean Brown (right) reviews patient files with fellow nurse Kara Hunt.

If you’re interested in healthcare, the nursing program at Boise State could be a good bet in coming years.  Growth for nursing positions is projected at 14 percent through 2024, and the Department of Labor predicts that there will be about 45 registered nurse’s positions available per year over the next 10 years.  

Boise State offers two tracks leading to the bachelor of science in nursing degree. Students who complete the required undergraduate, pre-nursing prerequisites can apply to the on-campus track during their sophomore year.  Space is limited to 60 students each fall and spring semester.  Registered nurses with associate degrees may complete an online track leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This program has no space limits and students can apply to start fall, spring or summer.

One registered nurse who is completing his bachelor’s degree online is Sean Brown.  After a 10-year career in real estate, Brown turned his sights towards healthcare.  Brown earned his associate degree in nursing in 2011 and passed his boards to become a registered nurse. He currently leads a team of nurses at St. Luke’s Magic Valley as a nursing supervisor.

Nursing is a demanding but rewarding career path that requires critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills. It presents different challenges every day.  Registered nurses (RNs) are in high demand for south-central Idaho, determined by the number of openings and the number of people employed in the occupation.  

An associate degree is sufficient to become a licensed registered nurse, but nearly half — 47 percent — of current RNs in the Magic Valley have a bachelor’s degree.  Employers often hire nurses with associate degrees on the agreement that they will work on getting a bachelor’s in nursing. A bachelor’s degree is also a requirement to pursue graduate nursing programs, and advantageous for career advancement

If you’ve been looking for a career that combines healthcare and science with hands-on, people-oriented work, nursing just might be the path for you.  With the future looking bright for nursing graduates, now is the time to jump on board.

To learn more about the on-campus nursing program here at Boise State, check it out here.

If you are already a registered nurse, and interested in completing your bachelor’s degree, consider the RN-BS program.

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