Why Become a Nurse in Arizona?

Altruism is one of the strongest motivators for choosing nursing as a career path. So, if you have a genuine concern for others and an unwavering desire to make a difference in the health and welfare of society, you’re on the right track to become a nurse. But just like any occupation, there are pros and cons of being a nurse. Although, we think you’ll find the pros outweigh the cons. Here are some advantages of a nursing career.

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A High-Demand Occupation

Registered nurses are in high demand across the country, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipating the occupation to grow by 12% from 2018 to 2028. Some states, however, have a higher need for nurses than others—Arizona being one of them.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that Arizona will have a deficit of more than 28,000 nurses by 2025. One reason the state needs more nurses is because of its fast-growing aging population. The Arizona Department of Health Services expects the number of residents, age 65 and over, to increase by 174% from 2010 to 2050.

A High-Paying Career Path

Whether you graduate from our ABSN program near Phoenix or in Tucson, you’re bound to make a good living working as a registered nurse in Arizona. Here’s a snapshot of the annual salary ranges for registered nurses in 2018. Please note that several variables influence how much a registered nurse earns per year, from employer type to years of experience.

Location10%Median90%
Arizona$55,580$75,770$100,720
Phoenix Metro$56,010$76,990$101,550
Flagstaff Metro$57,440$76,620$104,590
Prescott Metro$54,010$76,060$101,910
Tucson Metro$55,970$73,350$95,690

Source: CareerOneStop.org

Also, if you decide to go back to school to earn a Master of Science in Nursing with specialty certification, you stand to earn an even higher annual salary. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nationwide annual median salary for nurse practitioners in 2018 was $113,930.   

A Highly Diverse Profession

Nurse with male patient

Nurses are involved in many of life’s most meaningful moments, such as the birth of a child or seeing someone recover from a serious illness. They also carry the responsibility of caring for the sick, injured and dying. Essentially, these health care professionals wear many hats.

As a registered nurse, you can pursue employment in any number of health care settings, from hospitals to military bases to private practices. You can work with patients across the health care continuum or choose to specialize in a specific area of practice, from pediatrics to gerontology.

Contact us to learn more about why you should become a nurse via our ABSN program. For more information on Grand Canyon University visit our website and discover what it means to be part of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions.

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