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5 Best States for Nursing Jobs

5 Best States for Nursing Jobs

NursingLink.com and Careervoyages.gov

It’s no surprise that nurses are one of the most in demand professions. But some states have a much worse nursing shortage than others. If you are having trouble finding a job in your area, or you are just looking for a fresh start, these five states are estimated to offer the most job growth over the next decade. From sunny California to bustling New York, there is a nursing position for you waiting in one of these five great states.

(In alphabetical order)


California

Florida

New York

Ohio

Pennsylvania



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    nanster

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    I've relocated to CT from California as after 9 months of job searching I felt frustrated and disappointed and in addition my aging Mom, who lives here in the North East was needing assistance. Great time to come up with a new plan. If you can land a job there in CA, the weather is great, the outdoors fabulous, the pay is great although the cost of living is much higher as well . So I am with my family and regrouping. I have 30 years experience in health care, 15 as an RN (ADN)..Specializing in Hospice (who is always hiring) and Community Health, and Alternative Medicine. Id like continued time away from Hospice for a while and to try on something new in nursing. Several jobs I was qualified for experience wise, balked as I didnt have the higher degree, so I am considering more education to the Master's level so I can teach, which I'd love to do, and perhaps taking a nurse refresher course, or maybe Horticulture could be an option :) Id like to find a refresher that has clinical hands on experience. Any suggestions for economical education/refresher courses or other advice?

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    AVojtkofsky

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    We heard about the layoffs in PA. Lee Memorial Health System will be hosting a Meet in Greet August 19th in Monroeville,PA. Would love to meet RN's interested in moving to Fort Myers/Cape Coral,FL. Visit website at www.leememorial.org

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    cxg174

    about 4 years ago

    50 comments

    I don't know where you get these figures. West Penn Allegheny Health System just had 1,500 layoffs. Where exactly in PA are these nursing jobs? All I hear about are layoffs.

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    about 4 years ago

    Leslie, I'm a December Graduate and I've put out my resume to every hospital in the area, have gone to several health care job fairs, have my resume on every site I could find, and I've yet to get as much as a call back!!! They tell us they need experienced nurses. So you have too much experience and we don't have enough!?!?! It's definetely an employer's market and we are at their mercy. Good luck to us all and the patients and fellow overworked nurses that are suffering because of this!!!

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    lesliehall

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    How would anyone feel if you have 24 years plus experience and hospitals will not hire you as they do not want to pay you for the amount of experience you have but would rather pay a new grad less..I have my resume up on 18 different sites and get a standard letter of thanking me for my interest in the company and nothing more after applying for most hospital jobs..No wonder there is a nursing shortage ...I am an RN with the specialty area of Pediatrics. Seems like they want more higher education that some of us cannot afford to pay...

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    Account Removed

    about 4 years ago

    Totally outdated info! Embarassing...Get the facts straight up to date, please.

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    tammyca1

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    to honzee 98, If it makes you feel any better, i am 49 and in my 2nd year of nursing school. Decided on a career change. As i got older I wanted to be in a proffesion where I feel I am making a deference. Sold my business. School = poor$$ which is the hardest part. Learning new things when your older means younger brain!!! I am really happyand looking forward the the new future!!!

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    honzee98

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    I moved from PA to NC last July, I think it was the biggest mistake of my life. I am an LPN and it seems all the want here are RN's. I am almost 49 years old and I cant imagine going back to school again. I became an LPN at the age of 34. It was hard enough back then. There is so much paperwork involved and money to get licensed. I am still keeping my NJ and PA licenses just in case. I am currently working in Home Health care but it is only part time right now. I am the sole provider for my family as my husband is disabled and no social security yet. We also have no health ins and do not qualify for any types of assistance. I have a beautiful 11 yr old daughter and she is the only reason I keep going. We thought moving near the beach and parents would be nice, but it is really different down here. Just 3 miles from SC border. I miss PA!!!!

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    michaelo

    over 4 years ago

    56 comments

    i am a pharmacetical assistant,i wish to have a nursing degree in canada or usa,i am looking for am authorization .

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    over 4 years ago

    I am new graduate RN (have my license) and cannot find a job. Guess where I live, you got it, "Florida" land of heat, humidity and low wages if you are lucky enough to find a job. Is anywhere in this country hiring new graduate RNs?

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    nurseglenda

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am an RN (previously LPN) w/ 2 yrs experience in Med-Surg /Tele and home health in Miami. Have been looking for a job for 6 months. There are jobs posted but no one gets interviewed w/ less than 5 yrs experience. Does that sound like a shortage?

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    pretty2pretty

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    how much does a cna make in cali?

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    over 4 years ago

    why do you keep on complaining? don't you know that we Filipino nurses here in the Philippines who are also nclex passers are eager to work in the US? we are waiting for the lifting of visa retrogression.

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    Rredds

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Could it be that the cost of an RN license to practice in the non compact states is becoming outrageous? If you notice, non of the states mentioned are within the compact list of states who will accept out of states licensure. Maybe the nursing boards should consider this option? This would also benefit travelers who must wait weeks and sometimes months to get a license should they want to travel to a state that doesn't accept their compact license. HR departments are also an issue for those seeking permanent employment, as they sit in their "Ivory Towers" knowing they have positions while the nursing managers and floor staff struggle with shift shortages, high acuity patient load and no hope of getting help! HR departments should hire nurses! Nurses know what it is like to work on the floor and do patient care. Then, just maybe, they will stop" pigeon holing" applications and process the ridiculous amount of paperwork required to obtain a position!! By the time a nurse receives a response from a facility she/he has moved on to a different facility and another application process. Nursing has become top heavy and the hiring process even more so.......

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    about 5 years ago

    I rest my case: these comments below from across the US show beyond any doubts that there is no such thing as nursing shortages. What exists now and before is that nurses do not get paid enough for the nature and value of the work they do. If nurses were paid higher professional wages as they should there would be always enough nurses to do the jobs. The cry of nursing shortage is a smoke screen to increase nursing programs, crank out more nurses, so salaries won't grow. Some places are paying now less than 10 years ago! What does that tell you? I wouldn't be surprised that soon nurses will have to work for food! This grim scenario would be very different if the only access to the nursing profession were by means of a Master's degree, like Physical Therapists. At least a BSN. However with RNs being often replaced with LVNs no wonder salaries are so low. Little countries in Europe like Portugal for instance made the Master's degree in Nursing the only port of entry into the profession. Why can't the US with much greater resources elevate the quality of the profession? The profession lies probably in the inertia of nurses leaders and the obstruction by Administrations and Capital which will always have to try to crush Labor even when it compromises the quality of health care delivered. There is been a lot of opportunism by health care administrations in the current economic situation. They are increasing their nurses work loads, putting a hold on hiring, despite the fact the need for health care services are the same or higher. They are essentially acting just like the banks, hoarding cash at the expense of harder labor by those employed and the suffering of those unemployed.

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