Connecticut is strongly tied with the development of the United States. It was the holder of one of the first constitutions in the land, one of the Thirteen Colonies that rebelled against Great Britain, and the main source of the Continental Army’s firearms during the American Revolutionary War. Today, with its capital at Hartford, Connecticut flourishes as the premier insurance center of the U.S. Also, it is where one of the most prestigious nursing schools in the country, Yale University’s School of Nursing, is located.
Nursing Education in Connecticut
Altogether Connecticut Nursing Schools number 24, as of 2012. The one at Yale University is the most popular: not just because of the pedigree of its housing institution as part of the Ivy League, but the high level and versatility of program tracks. For Registered Nurses (RN) who wish to acquire more specialized knowledge, the School offers a three-year Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program for areas like nurse-midwifery, nursing management and policy shaping, among others.
Some nursing schools in Connecticut offer diplomas for people who wish to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Nursing diploma schools in the state are usually vocational or technical institutions like Lincoln Technical College, Porter and Chester Institute and Norwich Technical School. RNs need at least an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), which requires two years in study and is usually offered by junior colleges or two-year universities like Goodwin College, Gateway Community College and St. Vincent’s College.
Connecticut Nursing Schools that offer the four-year BSN as a higher level of education for RNs include the University of Connecticut, which is the only institution of higher learning that rivals Yale in state popularity; Sacred Heart University; and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).
LPNs can obtain an ASN and become RNs by enrolling in an abbreviated LPN-to-BSN program at one of the nursing schools in Connecticut. This includes Goodwin and St. Vincent. RN-to-BSN programs can be found at institutions such as the aforementioned Goodwin and CCSU.
Career Outlook for Nursing in Connecticut
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in December 2012, Connecticut suffers from an 8.6 percent unemployment rate, the tenth-highest in the nation. It also suffers from a shortage of nurses, and the U.S. Department of Labor only expects 1,510 more jobs to be added between 2008 and 2018. However, these daunting statistics are eased by the relatively high pay for nurses. LPNs/LVNs and RNs had a median annual salary of $53,500 and $74,000, numbers that outstrip the national median. Also, Connecticut has one of the highest per capita incomes and median household incomes in the Union. Some of the premier employers of nurses in Connecticut include Yale-New Haven Hospital, Masonicare Health Center, Hartford Hospital, Hospital of Saint Raphael and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
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