Georgia has one of the ten metropolitan areas with the highest employment of registered nurses (RNs) in the U.S. The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 32,270 nursing jobs, or about 14 for every thousand total jobs. There are plenty of educational opportunities, both online and campus based, for learning nurses in Georgia. The Georgia State Board of Nursing offers licensure for all the standard types of nurses, including:
- Registered Nurses (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nursing Specialists)
- Certified Nurse’s Assistants (CNAs)
- Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses
Nursing Licensure in Georgia
Georgia’s State Nursing Board administers licensure for nurses in the state, and their requirements for obtaining or renewing a license are clearly laid out on the board’s website. In summary, you must:
- Complete the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Registration for this test is available through Pearson Vue.
- Fill out the required application paperwork, which may include submitting fingerprints, educational credentials and any previously held nursing or medical licenses for verification.
- Submit to a criminal background check through a state approved agency.
Georgia’s state nursing board site is careful to note that application fees for nursing licenses are non-refundable. While most states require between 20-30 continuing education contact hours for licensure renewal, the Georgia State Board of Nursing does not require these to be submitted.
Average Nursing Salaries in Georgia
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that RNs in Georgia earn a mean annual salary of $62,370, and that there are 65,240 RN positions in the state. Georgia is not in the top five states for employment of RNs, but there are still nursing training programs and degree programs available, and nurse practitioners are in growing demand just about everywhere. The table below shows the number of RN jobs and the average salaries for the U.S. and the state of Georgia in comparison to those for several metropolitan areas within Georgia.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Area||32,270||$64,750|
|Chattanooga TN-GA Metro Area||6,120||$57,490|
|East Georgia Nonmetropolitan Area||1,450||$59,360|
|Macon, GA Metro Area||3,330||$59,090|
|Savannah, GA Metro Area||3,370||$60,780|