Wyoming is one of the least populated states with only 568,158 people. Due to its relatively small population, nursing education programs are somewhat limited. However, the state does offer educational programs for students interested in working as a nurse practitioner or an advanced practice nurse.
Students can become licensed in one of the following specialties in Wyoming:
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
- Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
Nursing Licensure in Wyoming
The Wyoming State Board of Nursing is an agency comprised of seven members. Their mission is “to serve and safeguard the people of Wyoming through the regulation of nursing education and practice.” Wyoming participates in the Compact Licensure which allows nurses who hold a nursing license in Wyoming to practice in states that are also members of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
To work as a nurse practitioner in Wyoming, you must fulfill the following eligibility requirements [PDF]:
- Submit a complete application and fees for initial recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse to the board.
- Submit fingerprint cards and required fees to obtain state and national criminal history record information to the board of nursing.
- Hold a current license as a registered professional nurse in Wyoming.
- Provide an official transcript documenting completion of one of the following: (A) A pre-accredited or accredited graduate-level advanced practice registered nurse educational program; or (B) An accredited advanced practice registered nurse educational program prior to January 1, 1999, or as per a board-approved national certifying agency.
- Provide primary source documentation verifying national certification in the advanced practice registered nurse role and at least one population focus area of practice for which they are educationally prepared.
It’s important to note that each state licenses advanced practice nurses differently. Your area of specialty will determine what steps are required to maintain your eligibility.
Average Nursing Salaries in Wyoming
All salary data is as of May 2011.
With the small state population, only a few metropolitan areas exist in Wyoming. The most concentrated areas, Casper and Cheyenne, have less than 1,500 registered nurses. Salaries in these cities were slightly lower than the national average of $69,110. Nonmetropolitan areas in Wyoming reported average annual salaries between $54,600 and $62,390.
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