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Nurses may be the most in-demand health care position in the country.

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  • Employment: 10,540
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $29.48
  • Annual Mean Wage: $61,320

Idaho is a great place both to live and to launch a successful nursing career. Like the other Pacific Northwest states, Idaho has natural beauty in abundance, and Idaho residents have been named among the healthiest in the nation due partly to the outdoor activities they participate in so frequently. Skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting and kayaking are very popular here due to the varied natural landscape. While Idaho has been hit hard by the downturn in the economy, the good news is that nurses work in the health care industry, one of few industries here that has actually added jobs during the recession. In fact, staff nurses and ICU nurses were named among the top 10 most in-demand positions that needed to be filled, according to a survey of health care employers in Idaho. Nurses are especially needed to take up open positions in the rural areas of Idaho.

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Qualified nurses will be needed in Idaho's hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, doctor's offices and home health care centers. The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Idaho are concentrated in and around the more heavily populated cities, such as Boise, Idaho Falls and Nampa. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Idaho include: the St. Luke's Health System, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Kootenai Health and Mercy Medical Center. Those who want to become nurses in Idaho can get information about state licensure through the Idaho Board of Nursing. The Idaho Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with one another, search for continuing education opportunities, and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Idaho's nurses.

School Name: Apollo College

Address: 1122 North Liberty Street, Boise, Idaho 83704-8742

Contact: (208) 377-8080

Website: www.apollocollege.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1

School Name: Boise State University

Address: 1910 University Dr, Boise, Idaho 83725

Contact: (208) 426-1011

Website: www.boisestate.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: Brigham Young University-Idaho

Address: 525 S Center, Rexburg, Idaho 83460

Contact: (208) 496-2411

Website: www.byui.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1

School Name: College of Southern Idaho

Address: 315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301

Contact: (208) 733-9554

Website: www.csi.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: College of Western Idaho

Address: 5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687

Contact: (208) 562-3500

Website: www.cwidaho.cc/

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

School Name: Eastern Idaho Technical College

Address: 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404-5788

Contact: (208) 524-3000 x3371

Website: www.eitc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 7 to 1

School Name: Idaho State University

Address: 921 S 7th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209

Contact: (208) 282-3620

Website: www.isu.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: ITT Technical Institute-Boise

Address: 12302 W. Explorer Dr, Boise, Idaho 83713-1529

Contact: (208) 322-8844

Website: www.itt-tech.edu

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Lewis-Clark State College

Address: 500 8th Ave, Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698

Contact: (208) 792-5272

Website: www.lcsc.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: North Idaho College

Address: 1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814-2199

Contact: (208) 769-3300

Website: www.nic.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: Northwest Nazarene University

Address: 623 Holly St, Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897

Contact: (208) 467-8011

Website: www.nnu.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/