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Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Jon Wirt and CareerVoyages.gov

With so many nursing 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 places for an entry level nursing job based on salary and job openings.





10 Top Paying States for Personal and Home Care Aides

The median salary for Personal and Home Care Aides in the U.S. is $8.39

State Hourly Wage
Alaska $12.91
Massachusetts $11.24
Minnesota $10.95
New Jersey $10.89
Delaware $10.83
Rhode Island $10.68
Washington $10.61
New York $10.39
New Hampshire    $10.36
Maryland $10.28


Vermont not reporting

Top 10 States with the Most Average Annual Job Openings for Personal and Home Care Aides

There are, on average, 51,860 annual job openings for Personal and Home Care Aides in the U.S.

2011 RN Salary Projections

RN SalariesIn 2010 RNs can expect to see their salaries, and other benefits, grow. More employers are offering sweet incentives such as sign-on bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and more flexible hours in order to entice nurses to work in their facilities.

How much could you be making?
State Average Annual
Job Openings
New York 3,790
California 2,400
Minnesota 1,420
Pennsylvania 1,420
North Carolina    1,230
Wisconsin 1,160
Illinois 850
Washington 830
Ohio 800
Missouri 760


Delaware, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Kansas, Texas, Virginia not reporting

Tasks

• Perform health care related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses and physiotherapists.

• Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.

• Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.

• Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and dishes, and running errands.

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• Care for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care and help in adjusting to new lifestyles.

• Instruct and advise clients on issues such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition and infant care.

• Plan, shop for, and prepare nutritious meals, or assist families in planning, shopping for, and preparing nutritious meals.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    nnrpece

    over 2 years ago

    6 comments

    As a new graduate it is important to not give up and to continue applying and trying. I am there right now. It can be frustrating, but I keep reminding myself why I chose this career path, and that was to be a positive light in humanity. The economy is tight, nurses are not retiring, and hospitals are on tighter budgets. There is little to no training for new grad nurses. It is a catch 22... they want experience yet no one will hire you because you do not have experience. Colleges are not forthcoming with this information, yet they know it. They will recruit you into the field but you are on your own once you graduate and pass the boards. But again I stress do not give up! I graduated this past March, took the boards in April, and ACLS in May, I think it is good to coninue education. Next I am thinking of taking a class to learn spanish, they key may be to set yourself apart from the other applicants. Good luck to all of you who are looking like I am.

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    couponsx

    over 3 years ago

    46 comments

    I started out in Virginia and the pay was really good. So I'd say Virginia should be on that list.
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    Lika812

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated with ADN and passed the NCLEX in July 2010. I have four years of experience working as an LPN. A year later and having searched in four states and applying for over a hundred postions, I have only gotten three interviews and the same old answer. "We are looking for someone with at least a year of acute care experience". I am very frustrated and fear becoming homeless if I don't find something soon. I should have become a truck driver instead.

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    lennya

    over 3 years ago

    12 comments

    I am glad I found this resource, this website overall it's very helpful for nurses, the information here is very pertinent. Actually at some point this website does the same thins as a peo company, it offers employment support.

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    couponsx

    over 3 years ago

    46 comments

    I am currently in college going for my ADN in Nursing and will be graduating in 2011. I'm hoping by then I won't have much of a problem finding a job even tho there are 2 hospitals here in Albany, GA but that doesn't stop me from checking other towns for gainful employment as an entry level grad nurse. Wish me luck with my studies..........I'm gonna need it. LOL yeah right.........
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    newgradnurse

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I graduated in 1/11 and passed my N-CLEX also. I have been searching for a job but keep hearing "we don't need any nurses." I thought there was a shortage. I graduated with honors and still can't find a job. What's going on out there.

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    Nursegal82

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I just graduated in Dec. '10 in Orlando, FL and took and passed the NCLEX in Feb. '11. Thinking that once I take this exam, I would be more attractive to employers, but that's hardly the case. Experience and "who you know" is what matters. I have been only searching for about 3 or 4 months, but it is getting exhausting and tearing down my ego a bit. I'm using everyone in the industry I know, but they seem to not be any help for some reason. I even had a friend email me saying her unit was hiring and to contact her manager. I did that and heard nothing. I was just told to go to HR and apply, which I had already done. Dead end. I know there's a job out there for me, but the journey to it is so very frustrating. Especially when your friends and family question the time it's taking to get a job. It's not easy.

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    yelenakh

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated in May, 2010, and passed my NCLEX on July 6, 2010. I'm working at oncology/hematology doctors' office. I distributed my resume to all hospitals in NYC., but still did NOT get any calls from nurse recruiters.

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    deniselovesjazz

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    I will be starting my BSN accelerated program at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in Jan of 2011. I feel encouraged and excited about beginning a new career for myself. I will not allow negativity to enter the picture as I do believe that you have to think and act positive to get anywhere in life. I do hope the new grads find work very soon. Flexibility is the key and you have to crawl before you walk.

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    kaufer01

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated in May 09, passed my NCLEX in July 09, and I have yet to find a nursing job. Now I've got my EMT-B cert. and am working as an emt, but still looking for nursing jobs. I'm having a hard time even getting an interview.

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    bariql

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    I graduated in Dec09 & passed the NCLEX on Feb10. I live in the Philadelphia area and I am having a very difficult time finding a new grad BSN-RN position. I am hoping that I find something soon because I can't relocate any where right now... I am praying that something comes up; this is my dream job to be and practice nursing.

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    freshcholo

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    here in south Florida theres plenty of jobs for new grads, I have been a nurse for two years and i didnt have any problems finding a job or anybody from my class that i talked to. we have a huge shortage here, when i worked in the hospital we always had too many pts, now i work in a drug rehab and i make more money then the hospital and the job is so relaxing compared to the hospital.

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    freshcholo

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    here in south Florida theres plenty of jobs for new grads, I have been a nurse for two years and i didnt have any problems finding a job or anybody from my class that i talked to. we have a huge shortage here, when i worked in the hospital we always had too many pts, now i work in a drug rehab and i make more money then the hospital and the job is so relaxing compared to the hospital.

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    Elsah5

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    After reading all the comments on this board I am very concerned for my future. I am a middle-aged woman with four children who was layed off from factory work in July 2009, and started taking my pre-reqs in order to get into the nursing program which begins in 2011. I chose the nursing profession because I like to take care of people, the wide range of specialities, the benefits, the monetary compensation, and the job security. If not nursing-what would be another suggestion? Please comment with your input.

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    tiffannij

    almost 5 years ago

    194 comments

    yeah i know what y'all mean. A patient care worker told me it's who you know that is how he got the job. You have to know somebody in the hospital that will recommend you. It's so unfair.

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