There are plenty of high quality nursing education opportunities in Indiana, and in the metropolitan areas, there are jobs for nurse practitioners as well. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development expects an increase of 30 percent in nursing jobs between 2004 and 2014, which would mean the addition of 15,400 workers in the state. The state is relatively small, but has the 15th largest population in the nation, and the 16th densest.
Indiana offers licensure for all the standard nursing positions, including:
- Registered Nurses (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), including Nurse Practitioners
- Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses
- Certified Nurse’s Assistants
Nursing Licensure in Indiana
The Indiana State board of nursing oversees all nursing licensure for the state, and offers detailed instructions on how to apply for a new license or renew an old one on their website. The basic requirements for licensure or license renewal are:
- Completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), as administrated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This is a requirement for nursing licensure in every state.
- Submit certificate of completion from the college or training institution where you got your nursing education. This must be signed and sealed by a designated representative of the college. You must also submit copies of any and all nursing licenses you hold in other states. Indiana nurses may use the NURSYS verification database to do this.
- Complete all state application paperwork, including photos and other identity verification as indicated on the nursing board’s website. http://www.in.gov/pla/2507.htm
After achieving licensure for the first time, nurses must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years, and submit for a license renewal, which can be done either online or via mail, depending on the type of license you are applying for.
Average Nursing Salaries in Indiana
All salary data is as of May 2011.
Data collected by The Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean salary for registered nurses in Indiana is $58,410, which is less than the national mean for nurses, but still above the national mean across all occupations. Surprisingly, the metropolitan areas of Indiana report lower mean income for RNs than some of the smaller communities, as shown on the table below.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Fort Wayne, IN||5,100||$52,550|