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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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    LynnPacheco

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    As an LPN in RI, I make $32.00 an hour..I can't believe what they say nurses are making in the "top 10 "highest paid states"!!

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    krizy_04

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    hi how about being A dialysis nurse?which states does nurses get highest paid salary?

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    Blackbarbie

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

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    Sreeves1979

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I am an LPN in Florida. I work at a hospital in the tampa bay area. I make base rate 24/hr. with all of my differentials for night shift, weekend pay, national certifications, etc I make around 34/hr. So Florida does pay. For the new RN. Apply at teaching hospitals! Most have excellent new nurse programs.

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    LPNurseK

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I've been a nurse for 2 years. I make $16/ hr as an LPN. I keep applying. This is the only job I have been able to get.

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    sukiathome

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Why do people just look at the money? Nursing is the worst job to have in the States lately. No respect. All the things that go wrong get blamed on the nurse. Nurses can get sued and lose their license (a lot quicker than a doctor) Administration DOES NOT support nurses. Money isn't everything when you have to be bullied at work, hurt your back and get yelled at constantly.

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    terber

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a lpn in mid Florida and will grad as rn in Dec. I presently make 23.20/hour

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    tracyd9016

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    my advice is to go into specialty nursing....surgical nurse...anesthesia nurse....make a lot more money than reg nurse.

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    rlundell

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in California, and RNs DO make bank here. I live in the bay area, and they start at 80K! Averaging 80-120K (depending on the area of expertise) per year! You should try California!

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    bb2012

    about 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I see that Mississippi is on the worst list...surprise...however I haven't been anywhere lately that they paid that low...usually in the low to mid $20s.

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    crystal3881

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Minnesota is not listed, but in Duluth pop: 86,000 starting pay is 29 something an hour. Very great compared
    To cost of living... Downfall is lack of overtime because the city is way beyond staffed. But per hour is great compared to cost of living

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    lowpaidrn

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Florida did not make the list because they don't pay anything. I am an RN that graduated in 2010, and the only job that I could get is a job with the state, which only pays 19.50- pretty bad for an RN. I can't get a job in a hospital because everyone wants you to have hospital experience. With 4 years of LPN experience before going back for my RN, if I knew it was going to be this bad I would have continued to stay where I was working at my doctor's office making close to what I am making now without the extra 25K of student loans to pay off.

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    loneoak

    about 2 years ago

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    The above figures may be for vocational nurses. I've been an LVN/LPN for 34 1/2 years and the most I've made hourly was $23.00 in Texas. But, this was a job from hell. I had 45 patients in a skilled nursing facility plus I had to respond to every emergency call from the 144 apartment independent living section. When responding to an emergency, my patients were left without a nurse until my return. SCARY!! Also, in Texas, LVN's can only work in nursing homes or home health. Hospitals want only RN's, even in small communities.

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    Russ1166

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    These figures don't make sense. I am a new graduate RN with an associates degree and I just got a job in a hospital for $30.00 an hour plus differential of 10%. This survey is not accurate

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    missbeecee67

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I have to share an analogy. I was employed for 22 years as a paralegal and in my very early 20's making 30/hour (late 1990's). I moved back north to Central PA to care for ailing parents almost 10 years ago. The market dumped and I went back to school to get my Bachelor's Degree. I applied to 900 jobs in the year 2010 and landed a part time temporary position that paid me $9 bucks an hour. Folks, that is the short side of a long story of tough times. I am forced to re train and find a second career (LPN school) is my only hope that I might get a steady job that pays above 9 bucks an hour. I had to go to LPN school because the RN schools are loaded with applicants and 2 year wait lists, I hope this doesn't result in another law school debacle of spitting out voluminous, heavily indebted lawyers into a nill economy. I cannot wait to complain about having a job that pays me $20 bucks an hour! I am so beaten and desperate I will take anything. I have 10 years of rejection and debt to overcome. OMG I will be paying off these last 10 years of accumulated school loans and credit card debt until the day I die. Its all relevant, and thus far I love nursing. I could never sit behind a desk and churn out paper ever again. I love the hustle and I love the care, comfort and security of the job!

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