A record number of doctorate students just graduated last weekend, and it turns out Boise State has earned a ranking as one of the most affordable places in the country to earn a distinguished degree in nursing.  

Nurses week started on Thursday, May 6th, and runs through Wednesday, May 12th, and stores and restaurants around the Treasure Valley have been offering freebies and discounts to healthcare workers to say thanks.  And, nurses can get free Crocs this week too.  The typical nurse walks five miles in a 12-hour shift, and there are plenty of places this week that will offer some help along the way, whether it's free shoes, extra carbs, or a boost of caffeine.

There is a huge demand for healthcare workers right now and hospitals are hiring.  St. Luke's has information on career options HERE, and Saint Alphonsus posts updates HERE.  Now is a good time to be looking for a job in medicine.

Boise State has turned out plenty of Treasure Valley nurses over the years, and they have an online doctor of nursing degree option for those who have earned a master’s degree.  It's been recognized as one of the top programs in the country by MasterofScienceinNursing.com.  They estimate that tuition is about $10,000 per year and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) can get jobs as "nursing educators, clinicians, and advocates for health care policy." The program has full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  AND, it's online so you don't have to go to night class and be away from the family.  Just find a quiet space at home, lock the door, and knock out some goals.

Idaho State University made the list too, with estimated tuition of about $4200 per year.  affordable universities that made the list include Missouri State University, Arkansas State University, New Mexico State University, and the U of Massachusetts in Boston.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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