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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

NursingLink.com and CareerVoyages.gov

There is a projected need for 1,001,000 nurses needed in the United States by 2016. Nurses are one of the most in demand professions in America, but with so many job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best and worst places to be a Nurse based on salary and job openings.


Top 10 States with the Least Nurse Job Openings

State Average Annual Job Openings
1. Rhode Island
570
2. New Mexico
520
3. South Dakota
500
4. Montana
420
5. Delaware
410
6. Hawaii
390
7. North Dakota
280
8. Vermont
270
9. Alaska
260
10. Wyoming
210



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    scroakman

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a new grad and am working at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY, I have a Associate in Nursing from Monroe Community College. I am loving being a graduate nurse! It is so exciting, Unity is paying new grads 22.50/hr ASN, 23.50 BSN. The other area hospitals are paying a little less, Rochester General is paying 21.50, and Strong Memorial Hospital/ University of Rochester Medical Center is paying 20.50, for all of you who have kids you may want to consider moving here. Unity is a great place to work, but I am considering going to Strong memorial hospital bcuz they will pay for your kids (full tuition) if you work there for 10 years, and are still employed while your kids are attending. They will also pay for you and your spouse! For those of you who are not familiar with the U of R it is one of the top universities in the country and is leading in research. they are the ones that made the Guardasil vaccine, and are currently working on an HIV vaccine! They have excellent benefits too! Worth looking into! Good luck, come to New York! Rochester is a great place to live, wee're on Ontario Lake so we have beaches, museums, country, city, skiing, everything you want all packed into one city! I love it here!

    Sandi GN

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    jeca28701

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Mississippi, but i can say this it is not all about he pay. It is about the patients that nurses
    help.

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    BSNGRAD

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I work in Az as a nursing supervisor a new grad starting in Med/Surg pays a little less than $22.00 hr

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    cesiley

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    "The hourly rate for California and Nevada listed above is inaccurate and does not adequately reflect the rate nurses are truly being paid. I am really unsure how these numbers came about, where they averages? If so, from when? Definately not 2008. Please see Bureau of Labor statistics for more accurately reflected information. California pays significantly higher than is listed above, especially in the Bay area where I live and work. The average rate up here is $45/hr. In addition, I came from Nevada (Las Vegas/Henderson) and they start their new grads at $29/hr. Thanks to our wonderful unions, we've all got great wage increases in the last few years! "

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    theala

    about 6 years ago

    418 comments

    I made the lower ten state's wages as an LPN in Maryland---ten years ago. Working in North Dakota was horrible for me financially. California was great, and you can make more than the numbers listed here in the big cities.

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    AbusyRN2go

    about 6 years ago

    13876 comments

    These are terrible numbers, I would not work for this low amount I am sorry, I made this hourly wage in 1992! For California at least, WOW

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    armstrongcj

    about 6 years ago

    7268 comments

    I live in Oregon. It is good to see that Oregon is one of the top 10 states to be a nurse. I am currently working as a CNA and going to school to become a RN.

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    mashell4

    about 6 years ago

    1066 comments

    I didnt see pennsylvania on the list either, anyone know starting rate for LPN's in pa

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    MoonLightFades

    about 6 years ago

    22 comments

    Is there any AZ RN's out there ? What are you guys making and how much exp do you have? Am an LPN from IN but will be an RN by next spring. My plan is to work here in IN for a year or so but my goal is to move back to Flagstaff, AZ any ideas on what kind of $ I can make and how much exp should I walk in with ??? Thank you

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    verna34

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm an LPN in Colorado, and average starting wage is $15.33/hr. I fortunately make $20.00/hr with 1 yr experience. Colorado didn't make either list...lol...I guess we are just average...lol

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    gdhipp

    about 6 years ago

    40 comments

    I agree that with the shortage the nursing industry will have to do something about the wages to attract more people to be nurses. But we all knew coming into this field that the hours were long and wages weren't great. There are many other jobs out there with half the job description that make more money. But for me are not as rewarding. I make alittle over $26/hour with one year experience as a floor nurse. and loving every minute of it.

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    iCY

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    i HAVE AlMOST 2 YEARS OF EXPEiRiANCE..
    i'M A ROOKiE i GUESS..

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    iCY

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    O' YEA.. i FORGOT TO ADD i MAKE $33 PER HOUR.. BUT SOME OF MY COllEGUES MAKE UP TO $40 AN HOUR. YOUR SAlARY Will PROBABlY DEPEND ON WHETHER YOUR HAVE AN "ADN" OR A "BSN. iT Will AlSO DEPEND ON YOUR YEARS OF EXPERiANCE WHERE YOU WORK.. liKE iF YOU WORK iN A NURSiNG HOME, A HOSTPiTAl, OR AS A TRAVEliNG NURSE.
    AlSO THE OVERTiME, BONUS', & BENEFiTS ARE EXCEllENT. i MAKE AlMOST $50 AN HOUR FOR OVERTiME. iF ANYONE iS CONSiDERiNG GOiNG inTO A NURSiNG CAREER, i WOUlD HiGHlY RECCOMEND iT iF YOU liVE iN THE HiGH PAYiNG STATES.. iT'S A VERY SATiSFYiNG CAREER CHOiCE. & YOU CAN AlWAYS FURTHER YOUR CAREER iF YOU ARE NOT SATiSFiED WiTH jUST BEiNG AN "RN". BY THE WAY, THiS CHART iS EXTREMElY iNACCURATE.. iT MiTE BE ClOSE TO BEiNG ACCURATE iF WE WERE TAlKiNG ABOUT "LPN'S"..

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    iCY

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    i liVE iN MARYLAND, AND i MUST SAY THAT MARYLAND iS THE 2ND HiGHEST PAYiNG STATE FOR RN'S NEXT TO CAliFORNiA.. WE EARN $30 OR MORE PER HOUR HERE iN EASTON, MD
    AND THE liViNG EXPENSES ARE NOT NEARlY AS HiGH AS CAliFORNiA.. AND THE DEMAND HERE iS AlSO VERY HiGH. i HAVE EARNED AN ASSOSiATE DEGREE iN NURSiNG(ADN), AND iT DOESN'T TAKE VERY lONG. iF U DON'T WORK, U CAN BE DONE iN A YEAR AND A FEW MONTHS.. BUT iF U WORK, iT MAY TAKE 2 YRS. OR lONGER. BUT iT'S All WORTH iT iN THE STATE OF MARYlAND i MUST SAY..

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    patpat

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    i have been to cna school & would love to be a nurse,i need help on line to get my ged do you have any information? thanks patty

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