Nevada is home to commercial metro areas of Las Vegas and Reno, as well as vacation resort communities like Lake Tahoe. But much of the state remains rural and remote as evidenced by the short-list of nursing schools below.
But remote aside, Nevada is one state in which nearly every city and town is being ravaged by the nursing shortage. Surprisingly, Las Vegas has been among the biggest casualties.
The silver lining in Nevada’s problems is that for RNs that make bank on travel nursing and per diem assignments, the nursing desert is a motherlode. See, hospitals must maintain a certain nurse to patient ratio in order to remain functional and safe. When nurses vacate due to burnout, retirement and jump ship for good jobs elsewhere then nurse recruitment companies move in to help hospital administration fill nursing spots—at twice the cost.
To aggressively head-off a healthcare head-on collision, Nevada has poured extra funding into the available state nursing programs. You’ll find:
Because rural healthcare is a concern the State of Nevada Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) leverages the Health Care Access Program to attract medical and nursing school grads with loan repayment assistance in exchange for service in a medically underserved area—rural.
The Nevada Board of Nursing is the leading resource for official business as it pertains to the practice of nursing within the state. You’ll find information related to: