Connecticut offers some of the most prestigious nursing programs for prospective students, including the Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) located in New Haven. In training nursing leaders, YSN relies heavily on its deep tradition of excellence in research. A significant distinction between the Yale School of Nursing and other schools of nursing is the integration of theory and practice, with the appreciation of practice as the theory-generating base in the discipline. Another noteworthy school includes the nursing division at St. Joseph College in west Hartford, where students will experience a specifically designed program that prepares students for professional practice and graduate study, including an array of theoretical and applicable courses. Other on-campus choices include Goodwin College in East Hartford and Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Students who attend any one of these colleges can obtain associate degrees to post-master’s certificates, BSN, MSN/MBS and more.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $15,000 and $86,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Connecticut contains numerous larger hospitals in both urban and rural areas, but the largest facility is the 944-bed Yale-New Haven Hospital located in downtown New Haven. This is a complex that includes the 201-bed Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the 76-bed Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. This hospital is the primary teaching hospital for YSN. New Haven also is home to several other hospitals. Graduates can find employment outside New Haven through institutions such as the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System that maintains hospitals and medical centers in New Milford, Bridgeport and Stamford, and through the Eastern Connecticut Health Network, a system that boasts facilities in Manchester, Vernon and Tolland.