About six in 10 new graduates of entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs had job offers at graduation, about twice the national average for all professions, according to a recent survey of nursing schools by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The average job offer rate ranged from 47% in the West to 68% in the South, and climbed to 89% nationally within 6 months of graduation. Graduates from entry-level master’s programs were even more likely to have job offers at graduation (67%). Based on responses from 515 nursing schools, about 44% of health care employers are requiring new nurse hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. That’s up 4.6 percentage points since 2012, AACN said.