Idaho offers several nursing programs for prospective students, including Boise State University’s nursing program that offers courses that culminate in vocational LPN to BSN. Other opportunities include Brigham Young University in Rexburg, where students can earn an associate degree or BSN; College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, which offers an associate degree, and; Lewis-Clark State College, which offers the BSN. Other facilities include Idaho State University in Pocatello, North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. Idaho State University is the only facility that offers a master’s degree.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $12,000 and $67,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. One of the largest employers in Idaho is St. Luke’s, a non-profit health system with facilities located in Boise, Twin Falls, Meridian and Ketchum, with smaller centers located statewide. Their 202-bed acute care hospital in Twin Falls provides services including maternity, women’s health, cancer care, occupational health, imaging, surgical services, pediatrics, emergency care, new born and adult intensive care, home health and hospice care, adult and pediatric physical therapy and adult and children behavioral health. Twin Falls also boasts several other health care facilities, including Minidoka Memorial Hospital, which is one of the county’s largest employers. Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center serves as eastern Idaho’s health care hub for Jackson, Yellowstone, Idaho Falls and surrounding communities in Montana and Wyoming. They also maintain the only Level I Critical Care center in southeast Idaho, and they were designated a Level II trauma center in 2007. The American College of Surgeons named the facility in Idaho Falls the highest-rated trauma center in the state. Mercy Medical Center, located in Nampa, recently received the “Excellence through Insight Award” for overall employee satisfaction by HealthStream Research, and Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, an eight-month-old longterm acute-care hospital located in Post Falls, has received a Medicare certification that it expects will boost both its patient volumes and its work force substantially. This new facility has been attracting patients from cities such as Boise, Yakima, Washington, and Billings, Montana.