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The state of New York is home to more than 330,000 nurses working across a broad range of roles. Registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest population of nurses in the state, with 172,000 licensed professionals. The state’s 98,500 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) comprise the second-largest group of nurses. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) make up the third-largest nursing profession, with 47,380 licensed practitioners. Nurses are plentiful in all metropolitan areas across the state, even in smaller cities like Jamestown.

Home to hundreds of nurses, Jamestown offers access to several accredited nursing schools and programs. The city’s most prominent nursing schools are SUNY Empire State College’s Lakewood campus, Jamestown Community College, and the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Collectively, these schools offer degrees and certificates for all major nursing professions.

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Jamestown RNs typically hold a nursing diploma, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). RNs in higher-level roles often hold a master of science in nursing (MSN). Besides earning a diploma or degree, RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam in order to practice. RNs perform advanced duties like supervising junior healthcare personnel, evaluating diagnostic tests, administering treatment and medications, and educating patients and the public about medical conditions.

Aspiring LPNs must complete an associate’s degree or certificate program in practical nursing, typically requiring just one to two years of fulltime study. They must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before commencing practice.

CNAs must finish a brief training program and pass a state certification exam. The main role of a CNA is to assist patients with daily activities they might struggle with on their own. CNAs bathe, dress, and feed patients; clean and sanitize patient areas; and lift patients into wheelchairs and onto beds. CNAs may also take vital signs, examine patients for bruises and other injuries, and record patient symptoms and concerns.

Graduates of Jamestown’s nursing programs are prepared to seek positions at major area hospitals and healthcare centers. The city’s largest healthcare employers include UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, Warren General Hospital, and Warren State Hospital.

Salaries for Jamestown-area nurses are as varied as their duties. RNs average $57,400 in annual pay. Top-quartile performers, who often hold an MSN degree, can earn $64,200 and above. LPNs average $36,500 in annual pay, and CNAs earn approximately $27,500 per year.

If Jamestown sounds like a great place to begin your nursing career, you can start by exploring local nursing schools. We’ve organized below a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools and programs in the Jamestown metropolitan area.

Jamestown nursing schools by NCLEX score

Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer Street | Jamestown, New York 14701
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown
51 Glasgow Avenue | Jamestown, New York 14710
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
8115 Glasgow Road | Cassadaga, New York 14718
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 70.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Jamestown Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2017
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2008 to 2012
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga Certificate in Practical Nursing 70.6% 2008 to 2012
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