New Mexico Nursing Schools

The path to become a registered nurse is time taking but the journey is rewarding. To become a registered nurse, candidates have to complete the prerequisites from an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing. These prerequisites include psychology, biology, anatomy, physiology, etc. After they complete these prerequisites, candidates are required to pursue either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing. An associate’s degree lasts for a period of 2 years, whereas a bachelor’s degree takes 4 years to complete. One they get their degree, these candidates have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. Once they pass the exam and get their license, they can start looking for jobs. Some candidates also prefer to earn a certification which helps them get greater recognition in their field. Candidates must pass an exam and have at least 2 years of relevant working experience to earn certification.

National Estimates for Registered Nurses in New Mexico

Employment 1Hourly mean wageAnnual mean wage 2Employment per 1,000 jobsLocation quotient 9

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

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