Minnesota provides a unique opportunity for prospective nursing students, especially in the Twin Cities area of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where the University of Minnesota is located. This university’s Twin Cities campus offers their flagship BSN with an honors program option, an MSN, joint degrees and a PhD in nursing. They have the largest graduate program at the University of Minnesota with numerous areas of study. Students also can study at other colleges located in the Twin Cities, including Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Bethel University and Metropolitan State University. Outside the Twin Cities, students can find degree programs in Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Bloomington and other cities and towns throughout the state.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $13,000 and $71,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Among Minnesota’s largest employers is United Hospital, which is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area. United provides a full range of health care services to more than 200,000 people each year, and offers award-winning cancer care. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the eighth-largest children’s health care organization in the U.S., with 319 staffed beds at its two hospital campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Bethesda Hospital has grown from a small community hospital to the largest rehabilitation hospital in the region, and they’re also located in the Twin Cities. These hospitals and more all belong to the University of Minnesota’s Health Careers Center. Other hospitals and medical centers within Minnesota include the Benedictine Health Centers, with locations in New Brighton, Sandstone, Brainerd and approximately six other cities. Last, but definitely not least, is the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, located in Rochester with a health system that extends throughout several Minnesota counties.Mayo Clinic provides a teaching atmosphere for doctors, but they also provide an excellent environment for nurses who wish to pursue a career in clinical and research work.