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Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Nurse

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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 Most Nurse Job Openings

State Average Annual Job Openings
1. California
10,900
2. Florida
7,440
3. New York
6,360
4. Ohio
4,630
5. North Carolina
4,093
6. Illinois
4,020
7. New Jersey
3,700
8. Michigan
3,500
9. Georgia
3,340
10. Massachusetts
3,290

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    sleek4pac

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Oh, a major surprise. Why should i then return to school in May for my RN if i will still get paid $25.00 per hour? I am currently making $23.00 per hour as a home health LVN in Dallas, Texas. Something is not clicking, i have several RN friends, one works at Methodist Hospital in Dallas at $35.00 per hour, another one at Baylor Dallas for $32.00 per hour and actually, none of them gets paid less than $30.00 per hour. So, is that surprising to any of you fellows?

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    genman

    over 2 years ago

    62 comments

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    johnhatras

    over 2 years ago

    12 comments

    I would tak a position of any type. With a felony conviction (not involved with nursing), I cannot find a job, even though I have a current RN license. I am in Danbury, CT

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    robertRN01

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Right now, I'd be happy with just about any amount!! I'm divorced and have been unemployed now for almost a year. I've been an RN for over 20 years, but I'm having troubles with finding a new job. I was making $30- $33 per hour base prior to losing my job. The multiple stressors of nursing in general apparently took their toll as I was terminated. Now I feel like I've been blacklisted, although supposedly employers cannot give out performance info to prospective employers. At 52 years old, my body is starting to have physical problems that make bedside nursing painful and difficult. Are any of you out there in a hiring position in the Gwinnett County, Georgia area?

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    Haydii

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Since I was in nursing school in the late '70's, the proverbial question was, "Why do nurses leave nursing?"
    Some thirty years later, there is still a shortage.You ask why? With posting salaries like those listed below, no wonder. I received $35.00 per hour after I graduated years ago. My guy who mows the lawn makes $60.00 an hour. When are we going to wake up and compensate us for the hours, responsibilities, and pressures that we endure? JLC

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    connielouise

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    In answering the previous question....IT IS WRONG!!! but the wages are correct for my state!! I am a recent lpn grad. I thought I would work while getting my RN degree. Sadly I realized that unless I move I'll be working in the LOWEST PAYING STATE!!!!!!! As a South Dakota resident I thought that working for the VA would give me the best possible wages. I just got hired after a lengthy 3month process. VA goes by the areas average. (under 13$) So as an answer to the previous question those are S.D. RN wages. LPN's start out at the low end 12.40$ and the high end of 13.$!!!!!!! Pretty sad!! After all we are dealing with human lives, and are responsible for thier wellbeing! RN's Start around 16.00 .........shoot! my heart wants to be a nurse...but my pocket book says move or loose!

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    jessiecaca1405

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Is this LPN or RN figures?... I work in New Orleans as a new grad RN and make 23.50/hr plus differentials and I have friends that work throughout LA in other cities and we all average about the same. This just seems very wrong to me. I would like to know where this information was collected.

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    bostonnurse30

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Hello, I am an LPN in Boston ( currently studying for my RN ) and my first job in Long term care paid me $23/hr. I am now working in one of the top 10 hospitals in Boston ( outpatient) and am making $25.50/hour. So the figures are incorrect. RN in my hosp starting pay is currently $30/hr, with pay increase each year per contract, and night and weekend differentials. ER nurses that I know are making + $90 K/year. So please do not let the figures stop you from pursuing you dreams. As an LPN my pay is great. WHen I get my RN, salary will increase A LOT.

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    lauraramirez2

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Im an LVN going through RN school...plz GOD give me a job when Im done:) But at long term care at one point working nights and perdiem I was making 26.00/hr working 12 hr. shifts, not bad of course only lasted a while. Hopefully as an RN I'll make good enough and have the ability to progress, which at the nursing home I did not.

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    analir

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with you Esnooopy, I am puzzled by these figures also. I am not sure where these pay rates were obtained, but I work in CA often as a traveler, and I make much more than is quoted here. And, the staff have quoted me their pay ranges as well, and it's considerably higher than these stats too, so....

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    szzanni86

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I live in Rhode Island. I started my career as an ER Nurse in Connecticut and was being paid $21.00/hr, $24.00 with shift diffs as a new grad. I wanted a change and went into Long Term Care. I am working on a skilled unit making $33.00/hr now. I want to get back into the hospitals because we are moving to Florida and want to take a job as a traveler to get my foot in the door. No one will hire me now because my hospital experience was 7 yrs ago. The money is in LTC, but you use your skills more in a hospital setting.

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    TeresahRN

    over 2 years ago

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    Florida didn't even make the list. Why am I not surprised..LOL

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    dmfitz

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I agree nurses don't get paid what we are worth, but we need to work toward developing other skills like buiness management, welllness etc. The "good" jobs are outside the hospital. That is why they say we have a shortage of nurses because they are migrating from the hospitals to other areas. With decreased staffing levels and RN's roles being given to those with less education, I feel there should be a national union representing all nurses so we can have a voice among those few that control the herds.

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    jldelaney

    over 2 years ago

    12 comments

    I live in Ohio and as the charge nurse, with a BSN, on a specialty unit, I only make $25/hr after 4 yrs at that hospital. It's RIDICULOUS! It's certainly not a high enough wage to repay the student loan I had to take out to get the schooling for this career.
    As many have said, I am exposed to pathogens toxins and bodily fluids daily. Staffing ratios are unsafe and I am treated like a personal servant, "Get me more jello, I'm hungry, get me this, get me that, wipe my butt...." I save lives and I work harder than alot of other professions, yet I'm paid way under par. I've really soured on my career choice and wonder all the time why I became a nurse. I don't enjoy this anymore.

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    esnooopy

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm really puzzled by this. New York didn't make the top ten, and the top pay per hour is in the $25 range. I make $50/hr in New York (per diem inpatient, not including shift differentials etc)

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