Lake Michigan and the mighty Mississippi River define Wisconsin’s east and west borders and its contributions to water fans. Football fanatics are satisfied with the legendary Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brewers keep basketball and baseball fans content. Milwaukee also boasts another Wisconsin legend- Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Those who prefer big city hustle and bustle are not disappointed with the southwest Milwaukee urban area that is a mere 73½ miles to Chicago.
Outlook for Nursing Jobs in Wisconsin
With 152 hospitals in Wisconsin that employ approximately 54,640 registered nurses and 10,580 licensed practical or vocational nurses, job opportunities appear plentiful. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated in its May 2012 report that the need for nurses is expected to grow by 26% between 2010 and 2020. It also listed the median annual wage as $64,000 for registered nurses and $42,350 for licensed practical and vocational nurses in Wisconsin. Additionally, U.S. News listed nursing as the second best career on The Best Jobs of 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded Wisconsin had a 6% population growth in its 2010 report. This increase in population and an 11% increase in people over the age of 55 lends strong support to the BLS estimated increase expected for nurses.
State Based Financial Aid
Wisconsin offers a number of state based tuition assistance programs. Two that nursing students could take advantage of are: The Nursing Student Loan Program- this program provides loans to residents who are enrolled at least half-time. Undergraduates or graduate students may apply for an annual maximum award of $3,000. For any student who participates, an agreement to work in Wisconsin must be made. The student who participates in this program must agree to be employed as a licensed nurse in Wisconsin. The second program, The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG) Program is a tuition assistance program residents enrolled at least half-time at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, and Tribal institutions. Other opportunities for assistance include Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant and Academic Excellence Scholarship programs.