State crying for more registered nurses

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Demand for registered nurses is remarkably strong across Indiana, a state ranking shows.

The occupation is classified as hottest of the “hot” jobs tracked by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Projected demand for registered nurses ranks at the top in seven of 11 regions of the state, the department says. In the other four regions, the occupation ranks second.

A hot job is defined as having high job growth and high wages.

Statewide, the number of nurses is projected to grow 30 percent from 2004 to 2014. The upshot is an additional 15,400 nurses. In 2006, a nurse earned a median wage of $51,796.

In the Indianapolis area, the anticipated 5,020 additional nurses will be an increase of 28.6 percent.

The figures were reported in inContext, a publication of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University.

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