The push is on in healthcare to provide the slickest pathway possible to a nursing degree and nursing schools in Idaho are on board with that mindset. To those ends keep in mind that besides the campus-based programs listed below, some schools such as Boise State, now package appropriate nursing programs into innovative and convenient online programs. For working adults and students with other commitments and responsibilities distance learning offers flexibility and the real chance to earn a degree from which they might otherwise have been excluded.
Nursing schools in ID run the gamut from large university to small community college and state college. All types of nursing degrees are represented: Practical Nurse programs, Associates degrees, Bachelors, Masters and post-grad programs for experienced RNs.
The career and clinical opportunities for students and RNs in Idaho also are diverse:
Major metro hospitals and medical centers include Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a level II trauma center which serves the entire eastern part of the state, and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. St. Luke’s is a major children’s hospital.
But plenty of nursing options exist, too, in the suburbs and even remote communities. Here you’ll find busy community medical centers, urgent care centers, small hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities.
Important to the success rate of many nursing schools AND students is a show of financial support. Here are a few of the nursing loan and scholarship programs available to state nursing students:
Dig into the Idaho Board of Nursing website when you need the official word on LPN and RN licensure, renewals, Nurse Licensure Compact, NURSYS verification, Nurse Practice Act, list of approved RN schools, NCLEX pass rates, continuing education requirements for Idaho nurses and much more.