Montana is predominantly a rural state, so many available nursing jobs are for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. However, the state is facing a critical nursing shortage in all areas that is projected to rise as many RNs in their fifties and sixties retire. Also, nursing education is a constant struggle due to a lack of educators and facilities and land constraints. Nurses with a strong education who are willing to work and travel in rural areas are in high demand in Montana, and will continue to be for quite some time.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are nurses that care for sick, disabled, injured or convalescent patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. LPNs are licensed by their state and must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN, which is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for LPNs?21% growth between 2008 and 2018, with the best LPN job opportunities expected in nursing care facilities and in-home healthcare services. In 2008, the median annual salary for LPNs was $39,030.