Nursing is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. Unfortunately, there has been a shortage of nurses in the country for decades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.2 million vacancies for registered nurses between 2014 and 2022.
In fact, Vanderbilt University nursing researcher Peter Buerhaus says "despite the recent swell in RN workforce entry, our projections indicate a shortfall of registered nurses developing around 2018 and growing to about 260,000 by 2025."
The average salary for a registered nurse is above $66,220, while some earn as much as $96,000 and more, making nursing one of the most lucrative fields.
If you're interested in entering the nursing field, one of the top programs is right here in Atlanta. Emory University ranks No. 8 among nursing programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Below are the top 15 nursing programs in the United States:
1. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
2. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
3. University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
4T. Duke University, Durham, N.C.
4T. University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
6. New York University, New York, N.Y.
7. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Mich.
8T. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
8T. Columbia University New York, N.Y.
8T. Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
8T. University of Maryland-Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.
12. University of California- Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
13T. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
13T. Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tenn.
15. University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.