Indiana offers many programs for prospective students to work their ways up the nursing ladder, including the degrees offered by Indiana University at their Indianapolis, South Bend, Richmond, Kokomo, Gary and New Albany campus locations. Indiana University’s nursing program is the largest school of its kind in the nation and one of the most respected multiprogram nursing schools in the world. Additionally, they’re the only school in Indiana to offer a full range of nursing programs, including the PhD. But, other opportunities do exist in Indiana, including the nursing programs at Ball State University in Muncie, Huntington University, Indiana State University in Terre Haute, St. Joseph’s College in Lafayette and more.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $76,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Indiana provides ample employment opportunities, especially at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, which is the second largest inpatient health care system in the country and serves as the largest referral system in Indiana. Riley Hospital for Children – also located in Indianapolis – is this state’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, with pediatric specialists in every field of medicine and surgery. Riley contains Indiana’s only pediatric burn center, one of the nation’s three largest autism treatment centers, and the world’s largest pediatric sleep disorders center. Another employment opportunity exists at Ball Memorial Hospital, the flagship of Cardinal Health System, which is an integrated network of hospitals, diagnostic centers, pharmacies, a primary care physician network, comprehensive rehabilitation services, urgent care centers, and managed care partnerships that serves East Central Indiana. Many more opportunities exist in this state for gainful health care employment, including major facilities located in Fort Wayne, Anderson, Elkhart, Princeton and more.