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A registered nurse, or RN, is a licensed medical professional who provides critical treatment and care to sick and injured patients. Registered nurses typically work in hospitals, but can also be found in physicians' offices, home healthcare services or social assistance agencies.

Registered Nursing Schools in Missouri

To become an RN, you can either get a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma from one of the many RN schools in Missouri. Master's degrees in nursing are also available for those who want to become advanced practice nurses (i.e. clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners). All registered nursing programs provide classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experience. Registered nursing programs usually offer courses in health law and ethics, emergency medicine, anatomy, behavioral sciences and human physiology. Whether online or in a traditional classroom, registered nursing schools in Missouri can help you earn your nursing degree or diploma. Registered nursing students must graduate from an approved nursing program as well as pass a national licensing exam called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Other requirements, such as continuing education credits, vary by state. RN schools in Missouri can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Missouri

With an expected growth of 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), expects job opportunities for RNs to be excellent. There were 2.6 million RN jobs in 2008, which made registered nurses the largest health care occupation. There are 62,130 registered nurses in Missouri. The BLS reports that in May 2009, registered nurses in Missouri earned a median annual salary of $55,510, which equates to $26.69 an hour. In Missouri, registered nurses earned the highest median salary in Columbia, Springfield and Jefferson City. Most RNs can be found in Springfield, Columbia and Joplin.

For a rewarding career as a registered nurse, get more information from one of the Missouri RN schools below.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Missouri

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Columbia, St. Joseph and Springfield
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Kansas City, Jefferson City and St. Louis
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Missouri

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia

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