Ohio provides numerous opportunities for nursing education through its hospitals, community colleges and universities. If you want to pursue a doctoral degree, Kent State University offers a joint PhD in nursing with the University of Akron. The program is consistent with the Boyer Model, where the JPDN focuses on nursing research and its application for clinical practice and education in a variety of settings. Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland offers a doctoral degree as well. This school also provides the BSN, RN-to-BSN and an MSN. They also provide the opportunity to earn multiple or dual-degree programs that enable graduates to function as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists or nurse midwives. Other schools throughout the state, including Trinity Health System’s school of nursing in Steubenville and the Toledo School of Practical Nursing offer vocational and degree programs for the LPN and RN. Prospective nursing students will find a wide variety of offerings in cities and towns across Ohio, as well as plenty of employment opportunities upon graduation. In some cases, as you’ll see below, a student can combine learning with working in a medical environment.

Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $78,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. One of the largest employers in the state, the Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. This organization occupies 140 acres and 37 buildings. The main Cleveland Clinic campus includes a hospital, an outpatient clinic, cancer center, eye institute, research institute and supporting labs and facilities. Mount Carmel health, located in Columbus, is one of the largest health care providers in central Ohio, with more than 8,500 employees. OhioHealth, another non-profit organization and also based in Columbus, currently employs more than 22,000 people including physicians and volunteers. Summa Health Systems in Akron has been recognized as one of the best places to work in northeast Ohio. Summa maintains more than 1,200 licensed beds in their Akron, St. Thomas and Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital campuses and outpatient care in four health centers in surrounding communities. Finally, among the many health care facilities located in Ohio, the University Hospitals (UH) serves patients at more than 150 locations throughout northern Ohio, including seven wholly owned and four affiliated hospitals. UH is the second-largest private sector employer in northeast Ohio and is within the top five largest private sector employers in Ohio.

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