Nebraska provides several opportunities for nursing degrees, and prospective students can find education in areas around Omaha, Lincoln and the North Platte and Grand Island areas. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, for instance, provides opportunities for those seeking the BSN, MSN and doctoral options. They provide MSN degrees in over twenty specialties including mental health, oncology and more. Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln offers the BSN and MSN, and Union College (also located in Lincoln) offers a BSN. Those who seek the LPN or RN certification can find ample opportunities for this option through various community colleges. Western Nebraska Community College offers these vocational programs on three campuses in Alliance, Scottsbluff and Sidney.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $13,000 and $72,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Out of approximately twenty largest employers in Nebraska, only five are health care providers. Bryan LGH Medical center is spread across two distinct sites in Lincoln. This facility is noted for being one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the country. Lincoln Surgical Hospital provides cost-effective surgical services within a 25,000 square-foot facility. Outside Lincoln, the hospitals of Methodist Health System – Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Hospital – provide Omaha/Council Bluffs residents with health care, and Alegent Healthcare includes nine acute care hospitals and more then 100 sites of service throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Finally, RTG Medical recruits and places professionals in radiology, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and nursing in Fremont. Beyond these facilities, graduates can find employment at hospitals and medical centers in towns and cities throughout Nebraska such as Hebron, Cambridge, Red Cloud, Kearney and more.