New Hampshire offers less opportunity to study nursing than to practice a career in nursing, but the education is premier. University of New Hampshire in Durham offers the BSN and MSN. Rivier College in Nashua offers the associate degree, a BSN and an MSN with focuses in administration, nurse education, family practice, psychiatric/mental health nurse practice and psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist. If you want to earn your LPN in a hospital setting, St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua offers vocational programs for the budding LPN/LVN. If you would prefer to study in Manchester, you can earn a BSN at Saint Anselm College or at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students in New Hampshire also can earn associate degrees at various community colleges located throughout the state.
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. Six health care centers in New Hampshire rank in the top twenty-five largest employers in the state. Among these are: St. Joseph Healthcare in Nashua and that services western New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts; Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth; Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough; Catholic Medical Center in Manchester; Cheshire Medical Center in Keene and Concord Hospital, a regional medical center and the second busiest acute care hospital in the state with 295 licensed beds and 209 staffed beds. Other medical centers are located in towns such as Lebanon, Greenfield, Berlin, Wolfeboro and more.