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The path to a nursing career in California begins with the proper education and training at an accredited nursing school. California is home to the highest-paid nursing professionals in the country and requires licensing, registration and/or certification, and continuing education for all nursing career paths. The most common nursing career paths include registered nurse (RN), certified nursing assistant (CNA), and licensed vocational nurse (LVN).

Florida’s robust nursing workforce consists of more than 300,000 professionals. The vast majority of nurses fill one of four roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or nurse practitioner (NP). Thousands of these healthcare professionals work in the West Palm Beach metropolitan area, and many completed their education at a local school. West Palm Beach has a number of highly regarded nursing schools, including Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations, and Keiser University’s flagship campus.

The small charming city of Yakima, Washington, has a large population of nurses. This metropolitan area of fewer than 250,000 residents is home to 1,470 registered nurses (RNs), 330 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 960 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). They work at a broad range of local hospitals and healthcare providers, such as Virginia Mason Memorial, Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, Kittitas Valley Healthcare, and Sunnyside Community Hospital.

The Wheeling, West Virginia, metropolitan area is home to nearly 2,000 registered nurses (RNs), 600 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 700 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Many of these healthcare professionals earned their degree or certificate at a local college or university. Thankfully, Wheeling has a breadth of nursing programs at highly regarded local schools like Belmont College, West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and West Liberty University.

The state of Iowa has more than 100,000 nursing professionals. Approximately 4,000 of the state’s nurses live and work in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. This number includes 2,100 registered nurses (RNs), 1,200 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 500 licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Many of these nurses earned their certificate, diploma, or degree at a local school.

With a population of less than 3.6 million, Connecticut is one of the smallest states in the U.S. What’s not so small about the Constitution State is its growing nursing community. Connecticut is home to more than 66,000 nurses working in critical frontline roles like registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

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