According to a 2013 report by the University of Nevada-School of Medicine, nearly ten percent of the Nevada population is employed in the healthcare sector. Figures from the Nevada Dept. of Employment (2013) predict that the nursing workforce in Nevada will be in need of almost 3000 new RNs by 2020, which makes now a great time to look into LPN to RN programs.
After earning your RN, you will find that there are more opportunities for professional advancement and you will experience a greater sense of autonomy in nursing. Additional incentive for expanding your education lies in the fact that, in Nevada, RNs earn, on average, over $25,000 more per year than do LPNs; an median annual income of $77,600 for RNs and $51,500 for LPNs. Both associate and baccalaureate programs are available for Nevada LPNs, making your options even more exciting!
Programs to Consider
College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas). The LPN to RN program allows for advanced placement of LPNs, who may test out of some beginning programs such as anatomy and physiology. Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in this limited-admission program that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Great Basin College (Elko). LPNs may enter the LPN to RN Associate of Applied Sciences degree program or the BSN program. The limited-admission program takes four semesters to complete. Preference is given to students living in the area. Graduates may move directly to the RN to BSN program which is offered online and may be taken full or part-time.
Western Nevada College (Carson City, Fallon). The rural nursing initiative allows some classes to be taken online or via interactive video at select rural laboratory sites and hospitals. Students travel to Carson City or Reno for required clinical rotations (long-term care, acute hospitals). Learning activities may be scheduled on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.