A visit to Vermont is a trip back in time, as this state was key to the building of this nation. But, this state also appeals to artists, writers, and tourists who want to visit the various forts and seaside and mountain resorts. Nurses are needed to help this state stay on top of skiing, hiking and biking accidents, tourist emergencies and help for residents from the newborn to the elderly.

Becoming a Nurse in Vermont

The nurse student who wants to earn a BSN in nursing can do so at Norwich University in Northfield, at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, or University of Vermont in Burlington. The latter university offers programs in adult care, anatomy, family care and physiology. The nurse who wishes to earn an associate’s degree in programs such as adult care, anatomy and physiology can do so at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, or take the fast track to LPN/LVN certification at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.

Nursing Jobs in Vermont

One of Vermont’s largest health care employers includes the Visiting Nurse Association of Chiteenden and Grand Isle Counties, a business centered on care for individuals and families through health and related services in homes and other community settings. Other employers include Rutland Regional Medical Center, with 188 beds, over 1,380 employees and 370 volunteers; Porter Medical Center in St. Albans, which employes more than 570 people; and, Fletcher Allen Health Care, which is based in Burlington, and serves about 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties and provides primary care services at nine Vermont sites. Nurse salaries vary, dependent upon the nurse’s experience and degree, the job description and location. An LPN in Vermont can earn, on average, $38,000 per year, and an RN in this state can earn between $45,000 and $101,000 per year. An RN travel nurse in Vermont can earn, on average, $96,000 per year.