Washington is the only state in the United States that is named after a president. The state of Washington is located on the northwestern part of the United States where it shares a border with Canada as well as having a coastline in the Pacific Ocean. The state is best known as being home to the city of Seattle. The state is blessed with a large rainforest cover and some very spectacular mountain ranges that you may behold. The state is also known for its coffee houses as well as its diverse cultures. Most of the population of the state is found in and around the cities where you would also find a majority of the nurses. The shortage in nurses in the state is in the rural areas. A somewhat unique problem to the states nursing problem is that there is a huge number of students willing to take on nursing but the shortage is in the number of teachers. The state also has a huge number of institutions that offer associates degrees as compared to those that offer the four year Bachelor’s Degree programs.
The state has numerous institutions. Among those that would offer you a four year bachelor’s degree in nursing include the University of Washington which had a pass rate of one hundred percent in the 2009 National Council Licensure Examination or the NCLEX. The NCLEX is a statutory exam that is taken by those who wish to be registered as nurses. This was followed by the Northwest University which had a pass rate of ninety six percent, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma with a pass mark of ninety five percent. Among the other institutions that offer this course include Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Walla Walla University, Washington State University, Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University. All the nursing programs offered by these institutions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the CCNE which as an autonomous accrediting agency that seeks to ensure that these programs are of the best quality.
The state of Washington has a lot more institutions that offer associates degrees as compare to those that offer bachelor’s degrees due to a number of advantages offered in taking the program. These programs include those offered by the Seattle Community College with the highest pass rate in the NCLEX exam, Shoreline Community College, Yakima Valley Community College, Whatcom Community College, Skagit Valley College, Peninsula College, Lake Washington Technical College which all had pass rates greater than ninety percent in the NCLEX exams that were taken in the year 2009. Most of these institutions are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the NLNAC in short. This is an accrediting agency that is affiliated with the National League for Nursing. Apart from accrediting these institutions they also provide assistance to ensure that the nurses produced by these institutions are of high quality. Most of these institutions are located in Seattle and in and around the major cities.