One of the Thirteen Colonies that established the political foundation of the United States of America, New Jersey became the third state of the Union on December 18, 1787. With its capital at Trenton and largest city as Newark, New Jersey’s location between the largest cities and metropolitan areas—which include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.—has always fueled its population growth. In fact, New Jersey is the most densely populated U.S. state.
Nursing Education in New Jersey
New Jersey Nursing Schools, as of 2012, number 64. The most prominent nursing schools in New Jersey include Rutgers, The State of University of New Jersey; the College of New Jersey; Seton Hall University; and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. These institutions offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs for aspiring Registered Nurses (RNs). They also have accelerated RN-to-BSN programs for RNs who only have an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, or ASN.
Some of the aforementioned institutions provide post-graduate study for nurses who want more specialized training. Seton Hall, for instance, offers a vast array of graduate programs in subject areas like case management, health systems management and pediatric care.
Other New Jersey Nursing Schools offer ASN and diplomas for becoming Licensed Practical Nurses. Most of these institutions are usually technical schools or junior colleges scattered across the state.
People applying to one of the nursing schools in New Jersey can also apply for a Hoffmann-Laroche Scholarship, which is administered by the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA). The program targets adult students that reside in New Jersey. Also administered by the NJSNA are New Jersey State Nurses Association Research Grants for funding small research projects and the New Jersey League for Nursing Scholarship for LPN, RN or RN-to-BSN students.
Career Outlook for Nursing in New Jersey
According to a December 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Jersey has an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, the fourth highest in the U.S. However, it possesses one of the highest median household incomes in the country: third, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Census Bureau. RNs in particular earned a yearly annual income of $75,500 in 2010, according to the DOL. That is $9,500 more than the national median. The DOL expects 2,400 jobs to be added to the nursing field between 2008 and 2018: a 13 percent boost.
A major employer of nurses in New Jersey is Bergen Regional Medical Center. Located in Paramus, Bergen enjoys the reputation of being the largest hospital and licensed nursing home in the state. Other prominent New Jersey employers of nurses include Hackensack University Medical Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
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