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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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    haffin

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Check out College Network. At home course and will let you make reasonable payments. Take as long as you want to finish, too. One of the doctors here had his wife go through them. He checked them all out and chose this one over all the others.

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    marysanaei

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Does anyone know about LPN to RN online programs in Georgia? Are they accredited? Please give me advice.

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    marysanaei

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Why don't hospityals hire LPNs anymore?

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    jenn91c

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    i think this is old info too, hawaii pays new grads $35 and after the year mark $45 +, texas is definitely by far the best at $45+ when you count in low cost of living and tons of jobs available. we are military and in missouri now, good luck getting a job here, and they only pay $21 for RN's. its pathetic. can't wait to get back home to san antonio.

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    darcicat

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This is old information I think. I work in CA and as a new grad in med/surg in 2010 I started well above 40$ an hour.

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    nanster

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Yes Cost of living, taxec, etc. are important consideration...some of the lower paying states may also have much cheaper cost of living and a simpler lifestyle. California where I currently live is very expensive ...and of course it is lovely-- so its a trade. I work as a hospice nurse case manager and make 33 an hour after 5 years in this position...uggh, disheartening. I love my work and yet cant survive or retire on this in this life, so changes are up. We live in a small town area and medicare reimburses us differently than it does for those in larger metropolitan areas. Hospital nurses make much more than this with some experience. Use these stats as a spring board for further exploration and hope you land somewhere you love to live, with the best pay! Me too.

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    leilahlv

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Wages for California are way off! RN"s making alot more then that. Nevada is about right for new grad though. 23-26/hour i believe.

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    sheliae

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I also agree that these are old wages! I"ve bee a LPN for 13 yrs and i make 20.07
    /hrly. i plan on going back to school in Jan. to start my Rn! :)

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    meljojack

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    current going rate in Hawaii is 45 hr, almost throughout Oahu

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    linda67

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Iam an LPN of nine years. Started at a nursing home last year part-time and was told I would get shift differential and was started at $18.50/hr only to find out from other nurses there that this is all you get...no shift diff, no raise, only a $75 dollar bonus if you come in and do an extra shift. Is this legal for employers to lie to get nurses in their facility? This is NC... I made more than this with an agency fresh out of nursing school....

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    gaby133

    over 5 years ago

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    OK, everybody is talking about these low rates for RN's and it's giving me chills. I used to work in Michigan, for agencies, back in '98 and making $40/hr and then moved to south Florida, on staff, and got cut down to $25/hr until I got tired of hospital stress, short staff all the time and the low pay. I started doing home health and working 4-5 hours a day making 100K+ every year, driving very little too.
    Now I was thinking to relocate to Arizona or South Carolina,not sure yet, and I want to know if any of you know how home health is and if you know any areas with concentrated elderly population.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    It doesn't mater to me. i just want to work in the states. can anyone help me land a job there?I am a filipino educated nurse here in the Philippines and I am a Registered Nurse in Vermont USA and I also passed the IELTS. there is visa retrogression but if a hospital will sponsor me to land a job there,it really matters a lot.

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    RNslave

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    After reading several of these comments, I think we need to value ourselves and our profession more. We should be demanding more compensation for the knowledge and risks we take with this profession. It is sad that a plumber or electrician makes more than a nurse. It's sad that a family law attorney can charge 270.00 to 400.00 per hour for their services and we can't be valued enough to be paid for what we are really worth in saving lives every day. I think nurses should unionize across the country to finally get the message to these hospitals, agencies, and LTC facilities that we deserve much more than the pittance that they throw at us.

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    jillyan208

    over 5 years ago

    36 comments

    This has to be an old pay scale. I realize that the cost of living is higher in a lot of the states, but in Ohio, we are making much more than some of the top ten. As an LPN, I make more than some of the top 10.....

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    RNslave

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Living in Northern Illinois, the pay rates for RN's are not high enough for the cost of living. With over 30 years experience, I am working 2 jobs just to survive! The pay rates are from 26.00 to 32.00 per hour which is an insult to the profession. We deserve to make at least $50.00 per hour and up. Also, the health insurance benefits are very costly. Twenty years ago, I made 21.00 per hour and the pay rates have not increased enough for inflationary cost of living expenses. And they wonder why seasoned nurses are fed up!

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