Virginia’s mild coastal climate and varied topography, not to mention its close proximity to Washington DC make it a vibrant state to live in. It has been growing furiously for years and shows no sign of slowing down. If you’re a beach lover, enjoy the mountains, or are looking for the hustle and bustle of politics you’ll feel at home in Virginia. There are many registered nursing facilities, ranging from VA hospitals, inner city and rural hospitals all the way to nursing homes and in home care. The need for nurses in Virginia looks like it will only go up in the future, as evidenced by this quote from the Virginia Nurses Association, “Beginning in 2015, it is forecasted the number of retiring RNs will exceed the number of new RN graduates entering the workforce.” This makes for a state that will be looking for nurses of all kinds, in many diverse areas for quite a while.
Virginia Nursing Education
There are over 80 different nursing schools in Virginia to choose from, located around the state with the capability to issue masters degrees and certificates and diplomas for all ranges of nursing including but not limited to RN’s, LPN’s, BSN’s, ASN’s and CSN’s. The state has 287 registered nursing facilities and demand seems to be high for the foreseeable future. There are a number of scholarships available to nursing schools in Virginia. Many of the have residency requirements, GPA requirements, and specify how soon and for how long you must be employed in the nursing profession. Each also has individual requirements specific to their program. The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity all have in house scholarships with strict guidelines to follow.
Career Outlook for Nursing in Virginia
Virginia has a robust nursing community. Forecasts show that the demand will exceed supply for years to come. Rural Virginia especially has a great need for nurses of all different certifications. In rural areas a premium is paid to offset the travel necessary to service the area. Population growth and retirement are two of the major reasons for the demand. While graduation from one of the Virginia Nursing Schools does not guarantee a job in the state, it can help make connections to find the job you are looking for. The median starting salary is in the $30 per hour range for RN’s according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 edition. If one ops for nighttime or weekend work they are paid a shift differential that adds to the yearly salary. In comparison to much of the country the potential for future nursing jobs in Virginia looks very good.
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