How To Become A Nurse In New Hampshire

Nursing is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country and it is no different in New Hampshire, which is in need of qualified nurses and pays them well. The state began experiencing a nursing shortage a few years ago when many other states were seeing increases in their nursing numbers.

For those who feel that nursing is their calling, New Hampshire is calling to them.

Job prospects are positive for nursing students in New Hampshire, according to a survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Salaries are also competitive in the state which has the sixth highest median household income in the United States and relatively low unemployment despite the recent recession.

The average New Hampshire household has an income of $60,441 while registered nurses (RNs) make $65,000 a year on average. New Hampshire’s licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earn an annual average wage of around $45,000. There are currently nearly 14,000 RNs working in the New England state compared to only 2,670 LPNs.

Nurses Lead the List of New Hampshire Job Openings

RNs top the list of occupations with the most projected new job openings, according to the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Bureau, and the state expects a ten-year growth in the nursing field with nearly 600 new open positions a year.

A license is required to practice nursing in New Hampshire, as it is in every other state, and an associate’s degree or a Military Training License is needed to apply. The three major educational paths to registered nursing in the state are a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree and a diploma for an approved nursing program.

New Hampshire saw a sharp drop in nurses a few years ago, so job prospects are good. The AACN study shows that New Hampshire graduates fared better in the job market than other New England graduates after completing their nursing program. About 80 percent had job offers immediately after graduation and 98 percent within six months.

The study also showed that RNs with associate degrees in nursing found it harder to find an entry level position without experience as an LPN, so many RNs in the Granite State go on to get their bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Several Colleges Offer Degree Programs for Nursing

Accredited colleges offering LPN training include the New England School of Nursing, Concord Community College, St. Joseph School of Nursing, River College, Great Bay Community College, Manchester Community College, Nashua Community College and River Valley community colleges in Claremont and Lebanon.

New Hampshire is a member of the national Nurse Licensure Compact and its state Board of Nursing approves state nursing prospects to take the standardized NCLEX (National Council Licensure) examination. Nursing licenses must be renewed every two years in the state where 30 hours of continuing education are required every two years.

Nursing Schools in New Hampshire

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Nursing School Locations

Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 30461
(800) 437-0048

Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 427-7600

St. Joseph School of Nursing
5 Woodward Avenue
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 594-2567

University of New Hampshire
105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1234

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