Nursing is a highly desirable field. With median annual salaries for registered nurses being $68,450 and a faster than average job growth of 16 percent, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, many are understandably attracted to the field of nursing. There are a number of schools to choose from for those who are in pursuit of becoming a nurse as there are close to 2,000 nursing programs in the United States alone. Most quality schools will have the basics such as being accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and having adequate preparation for students who are all required to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed. However, it’s the schools that go above and beyond these basic requirements to produce outstanding nurses. These four schools easily stand out from the others.
1. John Hopkins University
John Hopkins School of Nursing is not surprisingly ranked number one as the best graduate nursing school in the nation in 2019 by the U.S. News & World Report. The school’s association with John Hopkins Hospital, which was ranked the best overall hospital in America by the U.S. News & World Report for 21 consecutive years, attracts many students and for good reason. Among them is their 89 percent passing rate for their students on the NCLEX. They were also recognized by the National League for Nursing for being a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Additionally, they rank number one for receiving grants for federal research and for receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A quality education is bound to be received at this illustrious school.
2. Emory University
Excellence is no stranger to Emory University as Emory University Hospital was previously ranked as one of America’s Best Hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report. Their Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is currently ranked as the number three best graduate nursing school in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. They rank number four for receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health among nursing schools. Diversity is present with 37 percent of their students belonging to at least one minority group. The school is ranked in the top 20 for the nursing programs in the United States receiving the NURSE Corps scholarship, which is provided by the federal government’s Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA). Alumni enjoy swift employment as 73 percent of their 2016 undergraduate graduating class was employed immediately after graduation with an average salary of $53,000.
3. Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing is a leader in utilizing nursing informatics. Nursing informatics combines nursing, information, and computer sciences to improve the quality of patient care and for the educating of nursing students. The school also has an impressive NCLEX first-time passing rate of 97 percent. They are currently ranked as number 14 for the best nursing graduate school according to the U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, they offer a variety of programs that are suitable for students with varying backgrounds. The program accommodates students who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, students who have a bachelor’s degree in a different area other than nursing, those with a hospital diploma, students with an associate’s degree in nursing and students who already have obtained a master’s degree in nursing who are pursuing a post-master’s certificate. There are many reasons this school is a solid choice.
4. New York University
New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing is one of the best nursing schools for practical experience. The school, which is the second largest private school in the nation, is widely known for their Clinical Simulation Learning Center. This 10,000 square foot facility allows for their nursing students to practice their skills in an environment that simulates hospitals and outpatient centers. The facility utilizes plenty innovative technology that includes high-tech hospital equipment and computerized mannequins that simulate real-life situations that nurses encounter with their patients. The school also boasts an undergraduate alumni salary of $80,000. The school houses several academic programs, one of which is a 15 month accelerated bachelor’s program intended for students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in another field. This hands-on school, which also came in tenth place for the National Institutes of Health funding, has plenty to offer.