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A Look at the Field of Nursing in Indiana

If you are a Hoosier State resident considering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you are on the right track — the state is home to nearly 100,000 registered nurses, most of whom hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Alternately, if you are planning to move there, nursing jobs in Indiana are abundant and show signs of growth in the coming years.

More BSNs than ADNs

According to a joint study by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana Area Health Education Centers Program, almost 60 percent of nurses in Indiana held at least a bachelor’s degree in 2013, and 53 percent held a BSN or higher. There were 19,218 Indiana nurses with BSNs, compared with 18,686 ADN holders. It is the first time since 1997, when data was first collected, that nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree outnumbered those with an associate degree.

Nurses with a BSN have a better chance of finding a job than those with an ADN. In fact, many employers now require a BSN for employment, especially in management jobs.

Nursing Jobs in Indiana

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects nurse employment to grow 16 percent nationwide by 2024, and Indiana is an ideal state to find a nursing job. A local jobs website lists registered nurse as its number one “hot job” with annual growth slightly above the national average for RNs at 17.69 percent. Long-term industry projections show a variety of healthcare positions with significant growth in Indiana. Nurses work in many areas in the state, particularly in hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing homes and home health settings. Many Indiana nurses also work in advanced practices as clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.

The Online Degree Program

Enroll in an online RN to BSN program today, and you can earn your advanced degree in 16 months as part of the accelerated program. You will receive specialized clinical preparation and develop vital skills in leadership, management, communication, critical thinking, professional ethics and evidence-based nursing practice. Further, you will complete coursework in nursing research, nursing foundations and philosophy, and technology-based health applications. Classes are 100 percent online, which means you can study anytime, anywhere. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Take your health care career to new heights. Start an online RN to BSN program today and secure one of the many nursing jobs in Indiana.

Learn more the Purdue Northwest online RN to BSN program.

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