The "Gateway to the West," Missouri was acquired with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and played a central role in America’s westward expansion. St. Joseph was the eastern most point on the Pony Express and both the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails began in Independence. For nurses, the state provides a wealth of opportunities. All specialties are in demand as the state’s health care facilities have an almost 10 percent vacancy rate.
Nursing Education in Missouri
Nursing students in Missouri can choose from around 80 nursing schools. Realizing the need for more BSNs, the state and several professional organizations provide a number of scholarship opportunities for students seeking bachelor’s degrees..
Outlook for Nursing in Missouri
Missouri's hospitals have an RN vacancy rate of nearly 10 percent. The inner cities and rural areas are the hardest hit. Nurses with a bachelor's degree are in especially high demand. The mean hourly wage for an RN working in Missouri is between $28.00 and $29.00, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 edition.
Nursing Degree Programs in Missouri
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