The State of Nursing in Colorado
Currently, there are just over 42,000 people employed as a registered nurse in Colorado. That number is expected to grow more than the national average through the year 2022.
Registered Nurses in Colorado make between $50,560 and $93,940 for their annual salary, compared to $45,880-$98,880 as a national average. However, the more ‘entry level’ RN’s in Colorado make about $5,000 more per year than the national average – $50,560 compared to $45,880 nationally.
Colorado’s median average is also greater than the national average at $68,290 compared to $66,640. All data is from the US Department of Labor and ONET Online.
RN Employment Trends - Colorado vs. National AverageBelow is how Colorado compares to the national average for Registered Nurse employment. We took the national averages and compared it to the outlook for Colorado. All data comes from the BLS and ONET Online.
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State Licensure ReciprocityThe Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one license for nursing that gives them the ability to practice in the state where they current live as well as other states that are part of the compact agreement. Currently there are 25 states that are a part of the NLC agreement. Colorado IS a part of the NLC compact agreement, meaning a Colorado license for nursing will be applicable in the other states that participate in the NLC. In the map image below, you can view all of the other states that have the license reciprocity agreement in place.
Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Why Work in Nursing in Colorado as a BSN?
RN to BSN programs promote a learner’s knowledge of nursing from basic to advanced within a short period of time. The need for qualified professionals around the country has grown in recent years, especially with the innovation that technology applies to the medical field.
Having a higher degree allows for nurses to have a choice in the positions that they take. In Colorado, higher level nurses are being sought out by professionals in a variety of different specialties.
Bachelor’s level nurses are warmly accepted throughout the state. Hospitals and medical facilities prefer graduates at this level, due to their dedicated to excellence. A higher degree speaks success to employers. The hard work that goes into a degree program provides a reference of hard work on a resume.
The large number of Colorado residents is growing each year. As this number grows, the need for qualified nurses will grow with it. Employers want nurses at the bachelor’s level, so obtaining a higher degree is nearly a required step for associate’s level nurses.