New York is the third most populous state in the United States, with more than 19.4 million residents, nearly half of which live in New York City. While the majority of the nation faces a growing nursing shortage, some regions, like New York, are seeing a tight job market for entry-level positions. The market for registered nurses (RNs) is especially tight, as hospitals need to fill more advanced positions, such as nurse practitioners. As the population ages, not only do they require additional care, but they require more advanced treatments, so this is the area needing more qualified nurses.
Though the market may currently be tight for newer nurses, New York is still projected to need to fill more than 3,000 positions over the next 10 years. Currently the state of New York and the Board of Nursing licenses nurses for the following professions:
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Nurse Practitioner
- Acute Care
- Adult Health
- College Health
- Community Health
- Family Health
- Holistic Nursing
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Palliative Care
- School Health
- Women’s Health
Nursing Licensure in New York
Each state mandates its own set of licensure requirements for nurses. In New York, the Board of Nursing operates under the New York Office of the Professions and offers three distinct licenses to individuals who meet the necessary requirements. To work as a nurse in the state of New York, a candidate must first:
- Complete a degree or diploma from an acceptable nursing program
- Complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse
- Complete approved coursework or training appropriate to the professional’s practice in infection control and barrier precautions
- Qualify for and receive a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
- Complete three contact hours on infection control every four years through an approved provider
- Renew license every two years
For advanced practice nurses, it is important to note that the necessary requirements for licensure vary by state. Your area and specialty concentration will determine the required obligations that must be met in order to maintain eligibility.
Average Nursing Salaries in New York
All salary data is as of May 2011.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for an RN in New York is $75,370, roughly $6,000 higher than the national average of $69,110. Occupational employment is dispersed throughout New York’s many metropolitan areas, but the highest level of employment and highest salary is seen in New York-White Plains-Wayne with an average of $83,060.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|New York-White Plains-Wayne||96,210||$83,060|