Kentucky offers a wide variety of degree programs and certifications for prospective nursing students. Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green provides an associate degree and an MSN, and the University of Louisville offers an associate degree up to and including a post-master’s certificate in eight different specialties. The University of Kentucky offers all the above including a PhD or DNP and the ability to focus in over two dozen different specialties. Other degrees can be obtained at community and technical colleges located throughout the state.

Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $12,000 and $68,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Baptist Hospital East, a facility that continuously searches for quality people to expand their organization, maintains a 407-bed acute care hospital, located in St. Matthews, Louisville. With a workforce of over 3,100 employees, this hospital is one of Louisville’s top ten employers. Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare was the first hospital in Kentucky to be awarded Magnet Nursing Services designation and one of only 37 hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction for excellence in patient care. This organization maintains numerous facilities throughout the state and in Indiana. Consistently ranked one of the best places to work in Louisville and Kentucky, Norton Healthcare provides a wide variety of exciting and challenging opportunities for graduates to enhance a career in health care. Other facilities, such as St. Elizabeth Medical Center, which is a comprehensive medical facility located in northern Kentucky, all rate as the top employers within this state.

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