Texas is home to more than 600 hospitals, more than 350,000 licensed nurses, and over 200 approved nursing education programs. If you’re interested in joining Texas’s booming healthcare industry as a nurse, successful completion of a state-approved program is the first step. The Texas Board of Nursing also requires successful passing of the relevant licensure or certification exam, plus continuing education on a biennial basis for all licensed nurses.

Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce Jillian Roberts as the third annual recipient of the $1,000 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Jillian recently graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at the University of Virginia, where she is a member of the Class of 2021.

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.