The mid-western state of Wisconsin is probably best known as the heart of America’s dairy-land. The mention of the state’s name alone likely conjures up images of "cheese-heads," the Greenbay Packers football fans, Wisconsin is more than dairy farms and cheese, of course, and health care is becoming an increasingly important industry in the state.
Nursing Education in Wisconsin
The Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin offers annual scholarships to students across the state. Other scholarship opportunities for nursing students include the Wisconsin League for Nursing / Blue Cross Blue Shield Nursing Scholarships and the Wisconsin League for Nursing High School Senior Award. The Wisconsin Higher Educational Aid Board Nursing Student Loan Program also helps nursing students in the state, provided they agree to work in Wisconsin upon completion of their education..
Outlook for Nursing in Wisconsin
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 edition, Wisconsin employs 54,510 registered nurses. The mean annual salary is $64,280. Like almost every other state, Wisconsin is facing a critical nursing shortage, which means that qualified nurses in the future will have good employment prospects here. In order to work in the state, nursing graduates must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Wisconsin include Mercy Medical Center, Aurora Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Nursing Degree Programs in Wisconsin
Transition programs for nurses:
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