Explore Nursing Programs, Careers, and State Licensure

Today’s nurses are better educated and more specialized than ever before. Nurses—including LPN/LVNs, RNs, CNLs, executives, educators, and administrators—remain in high demand to address a national nursing shortage. Some advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) perform many of the same tasks as physicians. As the Baby Boomer generation enters old age, a robust and modern nursing workforce is crucial for providing the nation with access to high-quality healthcare.

Already, nurse practitioners (NPs) belong to the fastest-growing occupation in America, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2023) predicting 45 percent growth in new NP positions nationally between 2022 and 2032. These figures aren’t an anomaly but indicative of the nursing field as a whole: the need for other APRNs, such as certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), is also set to grow by 38 percent between 2022 and 2032 (BLS 2023). 

NursingColleges.com is your comprehensive guide to the sophisticated, diverse, and rapidly evolving world of modern nursing. Whether you’re a new, aspiring, or veteran nurse, we’ve researched the issues that matter most—and we’re here to support you every step of the way through your nursing journey.

The Latest in Modern Nursing

Discover the latest advocacy issues, expert interviews, and other resources within nursing professions at all levels.

By Kimmy Gustafson, Rachel Drummond, MEd
Calendar IconJuly 9, 2024

Become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Education, Licensure & Salary

To become an NP, nurses must first earn an associate’s of science in nursing (ASN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). These general nursing education programs prepare students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and obtain a registered nurse (RN) license.

By Meg Lambrych, RN
Calendar IconJune 14, 2024

Could the Commission for Nurse Reimbursement End the Nursing Shortage?

Under popular value-based care models, nursing rates are wrapped into the bigger hospital bill, making their contributions to business revenue invisible. Hospitals are rewarded for understaffing nurses because nurses are viewed as a cost in this financial model–no different than the gauze they use to wrap a wound or the IV pool they hang medications on.

By Brooke Lazor
Calendar IconJune 13, 2024

Investing in the Future of Nursing: Celebrating Our NursingColleges.com Scholarship Recipient

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of this year’s NursingColleges.com Scholarship is Nakisha Dyson, a deserving graduate from St. Ambrose University. Nakisha graduated in May as a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in science through an accredited online program at St. Ambrose University. Her application stood out for its depth, originality, and a passionate commitment to the nursing profession.

Careers in Nursing & Nurse Leadership

Modern nursing careers are as varied as the people they serve, and each nursing role has its own educational, certification, and licensure requirements. While this complexity is a sign of a maturing profession, it can also be confusing, even to veteran nurses; a growing number of specializations and sub-specializations can complicate the process further. 

Whether you’re beginning your nursing career, curious about specialization options, or are looking to brush up on certification requirements, our detailed career guides for nursing roles have everything you need.

Nursing Programs, Leadership Degrees & More

Today’s nurses and APRNs are expertly trained to perform various services, and choosing the right degree program is the first step in any successful nursing career. 

Hybrid and online learning models mean it’s never been easier to complete your nursing education, but not all programs are created equal: accreditation, tuition, coursework, faculty, and residency requirements are all important factors for aspiring nurses to consider. We’ve done all the research necessary to help find the program that’s right for you.

Nursing & Nurse Practitioner (NP) Licensure By State

State licensure ensures that nurses are competent to perform their unique scope of practice. Every nurse and APRN needs to be licensed, but their licensure requirements vary from role to role and from state to state. 

While most nursing degree programs model their curriculum to match the requirements of the state in which they’re based, the rise of online programs means there are often more nuanced factors at work. We give you comprehensive and detailed information on what requirements apply specifically to you.

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Nursing Programs, Careers & Leadership Roles – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It’s easy to get lost in acronyms, jargon, and bureaucracy, so we’ve made it even easier to find the information you need. Our FAQs cover nursing schools, degrees, certifications, licensing, careers, and salaries, allowing you to compare and contrast different options. 

Between in-depth explanations, side-by-side comparisons, and step-by-step guides, we have detailed, easy-to-read answers to your questions.

Features – Expert Interviews, Guides & Advocacy Issues in Nursing

Modern nursing is a rapidly evolving field, and nurses themselves are the ones championing that change and growth. Combining expert interviews, case studies, and academic research, we amplify the most relevant conversations in modern nursing, profile the nurses who are leading those conversations, and spotlight the advocacy issues that matter most to them. 

We also offer resources and guides to help aspiring nurses join the profession and start making a difference, too. Check out the features section of our blog to join in on the conversation.