Though Washington, D.C., encompasses a pretty tiny area, it still needs nurses just as badly as any of the other states.

Unlike larger states that generally have to worry about luring nurses out to medical facilities in rural areas, Washington, D.C. is a purely urban setting. There are some smaller medical facilities like private doctors’ offices there, but on the whole it’s large hospitals that are looking to recruit qualified nurses.

Whereas other states find that they have trouble finding enough nurses in general, D.C.’s biggest problems lie in finding qualified nurses for a variety of specialties. Nursing jobs in D.C. are generally pretty competitive, but the area is still well worth looking into if you’re looking for good nursing programs and a stimulating, fast paced work environment after graduation.

Career Outlook for Washington DC Nurses

Washington, D.C. is a small area, so nursing salaries don’t vary much depending on a nurse’s geographical location. They do vary depending on what kind of degree the nurse holds, and where he or she is employed. A registered nurse working in a D.C. area hospital can anticipate earning a median annual salary of $71,646, well above the national average. This median reflects a salary range of around $51,000 to $85,000, overall. All data according to the BLS.


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Washington DC Board of Nursing

As small as it is, Washington, D.C. still has its own Board of Nursing. The District of Columbia Board of Nursing can provide nurses with information on licensing and examinations, renewals, patient complaints and disciplinary actions, approved nursing programs within D.C., continuing education requirements, and much more. The District of Columbia Board of Nursing can be reached care of the Department of Health, 717 14th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005.

Financial Aid and Other Incentives for Washington DC Nursing Students

Though Washington, D.C. is all urban, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have underserved facilities within its borders. To help attract more nurses to the facilities where they’re needed the most, there are a number of different financial aid programs available to nursing students. Chief among these is the D.C. Loan Repayment Program, which is intended for nurses that are willing to commit to working in an underserved area in exchange for loan repayment. Aside from this program, there are also scholarships offered by schools, tuition reimbursement schemes provided by employers, and grants awarded by other organizations.

Nursing Scholarships & Grants Info for Washington DC

Following are examples of nursing scholarships and grants for Washington DC residents and students attending nursing school.

Jack H. & Lovell R. Olender Foundation
Graduating high school students who live in Washing DC and demonstrate extreme financial hardship may be eligible for nursing scholarships from the Foundation.  Students must be accepted to nursing schools that are accredited.  In addition to financial need, scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, personal essay, and letters of recommendations.  Typical awards are $1,000.  For current applications and guidelines, contact the Foundation at 888 17th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.  Completed applications must be mailed to the Foundation, c/o Jack & Lovell Olender, 4312 –J Evergreen Lane, Annandale, VA 22003.  For general questions, students can call (703) 354-1800.

Georgetown University
The School of Nursing & Health Sciences provides nursing scholarships and grants to exceptional students.  Financial assistance programs such as the Georgetown Excellence in Nursing Science and Practice Scholarship provide critical support for students.  Each program has specific eligibility and submission requirements.  Award amounts vary. Students should contact the School directly at (202) 687-7258 for more information including current applications.

Lorimer & Betty Gael Davidson Foundation, Inc.
Children of employees of GEICO and its affiliates who plan to pursue a nursing degree may be eligible for nursing scholarships from the Foundation.  The deadline for applications is the end of March annually.  For current applications and guidelines contact the Foundation at 1900 M Street NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036.  Applications must be submitted to the Foundation, c/o Davidson Distinguished Scholars Awards, Scholarship America, Inc., P.O. Box 297, St. Paul, MN 56082.  If you have general questions, you can call (507) 931-1682.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
The Foundation offers numerous scholarship programs for residents of metropolitan Washington, DC including those pursuing nursing degrees.  Additional eligibility requirements may include graduation from a particular high school or enrollment in a specific college or university.  Each scholarship program has individual submission guidelines.  Award amounts vary.  For current applications and guidelines, contact the Foundation at 1201 15th Street, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005 or by calling (202) 955-5890.

The Abramson Scholarship Foundation
If you are a senior at a District of Columbia high school who has been accepted to a four-year nursing program, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Foundation.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, community service, personal essay, letters of recommendation, and financial need.  Typical awards are $2,000 for the first year of college and can be higher if renewed.  Deadlines for application submission change annually.  For current applications and guidelines, contact the Foundation at P.O. Box 7810, Washington, DC 20044 or by calling (202) 470-5425.

List of Nursing Schools & Accredited Programs in Washington DC

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List of Washington DC Nursing Schools

Catholic University of America

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Advanced Public/Community Health Nurse Specialist
Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Registered Nurse to Master’s of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
PhD in Nursing
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
620 Michigan Ave, N.E.
Washington, DC 2004
Phone: (202) 319-5305
Phone: (800) 673-2772
Website:www.cua.edu
Catholic University of America is a private 4-year institution.

Georgetown University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse Educator
Nurse Midwife
Nurse Practitioner
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Registered Nurse to Master’s of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Saint Mary’s Hall
3700 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202) 687-1561
Website: nhs.georgetown.edu
Georgetown University is a private 4-year institution.

George Washington University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)’
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Research Administration
Family Nurse Practitioner
Health Care Quality
Nursing Leadership and Management
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Suite 6167
900 23rd St, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 994-7901
Website: www.gwumc.edu
George Washington is a 4-year private institution.

Howard University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone:(202) 806-6100
Website: www.howard.edu
Howard University is a 4 year private institution.

Trinity Washington University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
`25 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: (202) 884-9000
Website: www.trinitydc.edu

University of the District of Columbia

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
4100 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 274-5000
Website: www.udc.edu
University of the District of Columbia is a 4-year private institution.


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