Wyoming is vast and wide open. The few nursing schools that exist cover the gamut of degrees. Community and technical schools form a base of entry-level Associates degree nursing that helps put RNs directly into jobs in nearly every part of the state, even in remote communities. Like other states, though, Wyoming faces the usual challenges:
Major hospitals benefit from their ability to recruit large numbers of nurses. They can promise exciting and dynamic work environments, diverse patient care areas, and in some cases dangle lucrative signing bonuses like carrots for new nurses.
But outside of the few metro areas in WY the rest of the state is rural-- outfitted with healthcare systems that have traditionally offered inadequate levels of care. For Advanced Practice RNs – Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Anesthetists—frontier nursing offers advantages: independent practice and the opportunity to make a big difference in a community. In some cases quite attractive loan repayment programs are available as well.
The Wyoming State Board of Nursing is your go-to resource for career and practice specific information, including:
The Wyoming Nurses Association is the number one nurses organization in the state with the mission to unify all. The organization advocates for the workplace safety and health of all nurses. Members have access to insider educational programs, conferences, scholarships and grants, and more.
If you’re pursuing nursing you could be leaving big money on the table if you’re neglecting to search for nursing specific loans, repayment programs, and other financial incentives: