Idaho RN to BSN Programs

Many RNs consider pursuing a BSN program for many reasons. For those unclear as to why a RN would want to look into a BSN program, the best place to start is explaining the differences. A RN is simply a title given to a nursing graduate that passed the NCLEX-RN. It allows them to work as a registered nurse regardless of the amount of education they currently hold. A BSN does not allow a graduate to enter the RN field without passing the aforementioned exam, but the extra education is definitely something worth considering. With a BSN you are more likely to earn a higher income and have an easier time finding an employer, or finding the specific employer that you want to work for. Employers look at students holding a BSN is a fairer light than those without, so you will find work quicker and easier.

Currently, there are a total of 736 RNs working in Idaho per 100,000 people in the state. The national average is 874, which would show that Idaho is in need of RNs a great deal. Idaho ranks in the 10 lowest cost of living states and you can see how the average income of $60,000 a year could go a long way in the state.

Cities that hold the highest percentage of RNs relative to the population include Lewiston and Boise, while Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls bring up the lowest end of the spectrum. In addition, Pocatello and Boise have the highest average income among all cities in the state, so keep those in mind as you start to pursue cities that may be worth relocating to. St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene and St. Luke’s Magic Valley medical Center in Twin Falls rank amongst the top 20 employers in the entire state across all industries.

Finances

You may find that many of the above mentioned employers are more than happy to help you cover the cost of your tuition as you move towards earning your BSN. Some will offer tuition assistance, while others will offer reimbursements. Be sure to ask about these particulars as you consider employment.  You will also find that individual colleges will offer unique scholarships, grants and loans to their students. As you start to tour campuses, spend some time talking with the financial aid department to find out what type of offers they may have for you. Finally, because the country is in such need of nursing graduates, you can find a vast array of scholarships, loan repayment and forgiveness programs and grants that are available to nursing students on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

College

Idaho State University School of Nursing

Located in Pocatello, ISU is the premier college in Idaho and their School of Nursing is highly respected even outside of the state. Their mission is to prepare exemplary nurse leaders that integrate education, research and service to enhance the quality of life for a diverse, rural population. With a focus on the human side of nursing, ISU has a unique approach to preparing undergraduates and graduate program students to the same ends. This will make it even easier to continue your education past a BSN if you so desire in the future.

The College of Idaho

Located in Caldwell, The College of Idaho is striving to be the best small college in the West. It is the state’s oldest private college and students of the school enjoy small classes taught by outstanding professors in a tight-knit community. A beautiful residential campus will be your backdrop as you move through your education. Finally, the college’s innovative PEAK curriculum will challenge you to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of fine arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences and history and a professional field ensuring you graduate with the most complete education offered.