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A Look at Nursing in Nevada


When it comes to healthcare needs, Nevada has a lot in common with other states. Patients are predominantly older with one or more chronic health conditions. And, a large segment of the nursing workforce is at or close to retirement age. These factors help explain the state's nursing shortage. The growth of the patient and resident population makes Nevada a good state for nursing jobs that pay well.

What Is the Status of the Nursing Profession in Nevada?

Presently, The National Nursing Database estimates 47,176 active RN and PN licenses in Nevada, and more nurses are needed. So, there are many employment opportunities available. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for RNs will expand by 15% for the years 2016 to 2026. Nurse.org projects that the demand for RNs in the state will be about 25,800, with the number of nurses expected to reach 33,900 by 2030.

One of the factors contributing to the nurse shortage, besides a growing patient population and retirement, is a lack of nursing educators. That is because Nevada requires nursing faculty to have a master's degree. Thus, there are not enough nurse educators because it takes them longer to prepare for an academic job.

Furthermore, a law may be passed to allow a Nurse Licensure Compact. Currently, 29 states are involved in the compact. Nurses only need to be licensed in one of the participating states in order to practice in all of them without additional licensure. Nurses in Nevada are against the compact because they believe it will erode the quality of patient care in these ways:

  • Compromise the standards that Nevada has set in place for RNs to practice.
  • Permit nurses with sanctions or a revoked license to move to Nevada to practice.
  • Encourage nurses to receive licenses in a state with less stringent regulations and the lowest registration fees.
  • Shrink the job pool for nurses from Nevada.

Where Do RNs in Nevada Find Employment?

The survey-based Registered Nurse Workforce in Nevada report found that 61% of the state's nurses hold hospital jobs. Other than hospitals, the top-five practice settings and corresponding percentages are:

  • Ambulatory care – 11.2%
  • Home health – 5.1%
  • Academic setting – 3.2%
  • School health service – 3%
  • Nursing home/extended care/assisted living facility – 2.5%

What Nursing Programs Award the Highest Number of BSN Degrees?

Nevada State College took the top spot for highest number of baccalaureate degrees awarded by an RN to BSN program. The school also holds the No. 2 spot for number of BSN degrees conferred by a traditional four-year program. Here are the totals for Nevada State College from the Nevada State Board of Nursing 2017-2018 report:

  • RN to BSN program – 58 BSN degrees
  • BSN program – 177 degrees

What Is the Average Annual Salary for Nurses in Nevada?

According to ZipRecruiter, the average annual salary for an RN with a BSN is $90,679 per year, as of July 2019. For states with the best RN salaries, Nevada ranks eighth in the country.

Where Can Nurses Find Available Jobs in Nevada?

The highest number of available nursing jobs are in the southern part of Nevada including the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, and Paradise. The organizations with the most job openings in 2018 were:

  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Care Team Solutions

What Are the Popular Nursing Occupations?

Out of 16,021 open nursing positions in 2018, the following had the most job postings:

  • RNs – 4,882
  • Travel RN – 2,036
  • Neonatal Intensive Care RN – 507
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) RN – 898
  • Medical Surgical RN – 843

RNs in Nevada receive the highest annual salary (adjusted for cost of living) in the country. Named one of the best places for nurses to practice, Nevada placed 11th on Wallet Hub's 2018 list. Nevada's abundance of nursing jobs provides an incentive for nurses to complete an online RN to BSN program that prepares them to advance in their nursing career.

Learn more about the Nevada State College online RN to BSN program.


Sources:

University of Nevada School of Medicine: Registered Nurse Workforce in Nevada

Nurse.org: Highest Paying States for Registered Nurses

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Registered Nurses - Job Outlook

Las Vegas Business Press: Local Nursing Deficit Relieved for Now

National Council of State Boards of Nursing: Number of Active RN Licenses by State

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Nevada

Nevada State Board of Nursing: Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2017/2018

National Nurses United: Nurses Say No to Nevada Bill Blurring State Lines for Nurse Licensure, Citing Risks for Patient Care

Nurse.org: Nursing Demand by State: 2018 Projections

U.S. News & World Report: Health Buzz: The Top 10 States for Nurses

ZipRecruiter: BSN Registered Nurse Salary in NV

NursingLicensure.org: RN Career Paths in Nevada

KOLOTV.com: Nevada Looking at Nursing Compact

Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight report, March 2019

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