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Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Jon Wirt and CareerVoyages.gov

The health care industry is facing an unprecedented nursing shortage, with a need of 1,000,000 new nurses by 2016. This means that the new generation of nurses needs to be trained now. If you are interested in a career in nursing you should gain experience by searching for an entry-level nursing job. Becoming a Home Care Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant is a great starting point for your nursing career.

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. Click on a job below to see the 10 best states for that career, or use the navigation buttons to scroll through each entry-level job.

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    janelynn

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    It is very difficult to get into a nursing program now. Have heard the reasons from two different universitys. One is the lack of Masters Degree nurses . They make more money practicing as a FNP than as a teacher. The other was if they flood the market with new grads it will cause a nursing shortage. I also tell prospective students to go into radiology or sonography. Nursing is not what it used to be!

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    karenM

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    The comment below is in need of some research. That is a careless statement to make ("There is no nursing shortage") if you are only looking at your own experience and not the facts. It seems you may be discouraging people to follow their dreams of giving back and taking care of others based on something bad that's happened to you or those you know. Be sure to share ALL the facts and if you don't know them, do some research before you speak. That's a concern in our country, people think they know, but they don't have all the details....

    The shortage of nurses is a prediction of what is to come when all of the 'Baby-Boomers' get older and require healthcare. I don't have all of the facts either, but I do know that I cannot educate others with their choices in life based on only MY experience. There's a big world out there and lots to learn. I encourage people to look into what's available in their areas and where they may want to live in the future... :)

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE! The powers that be have started and perpetuated this myth in order to downgrade nursing salaries. By contracting with CNAs, and nursing students, the hospitals are setting the salary ranges lower. Many are also laying off or arbitrarily firing the long-time nurses in order to get those higher salary ranges off their books. Three hospitals in Denver have been sued for age discrimination and against all odds, the plaintiff nurses have WON!!! For anyone who is thinking of going into nursing - go into physical therapy instead. They work one-to-one and make more money!

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    mrbrownrn49

    almost 5 years ago

    68 comments

    I would check with the state's attorney in the state where some hospital said they only hire grads from schools they have "contracts" with. If that hospital receives any federal funding, and they nearly all do, I think it is against the law to do something like that. Or if that hospital receives any funding from a local taxing entity.


    And jobs for new grads? Like a lot of us have posted elsewhere - go where it sucks! Portland/Vancouver? Seattle? San Diego? Gee. Experienced nurses are staying in the workforce due to this economy and even coming out of retirement.


    Hit the rural areas and small towns.

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    zaleonia

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    What I find interesting is that California is numbers 1 or 2 in need for these professions, but they aren't even on the best pay list.

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    lsalas

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Like everybody else, I agree that it is hard to get a job as a new grad. Some hospitals that I have gone to apply tell me that they have contracs with some shools, and that they only hired new grads from there. Also, if we do not get a job within soon after the hospitals that hire new grads do not want to consider you, because you have been out of school and with out a job for too long. Good luck to every one of us, we need it.

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    kceb3227

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    ..is it me, or does this article touch on every profession except New Graduates for RN's?? I have been fortunate to get interviews and an offer, but the new employer gave it away to another RN...so, I signed up to take on seasonal work as an RN and administer flu shots. At least it is work and it is RN experience. It has got to get better and hopefully soon....good luck, all!!

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    wendyjks

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This was great but there was nothing listed for registered nurses. Where do you recommend a new graduate nurse go to secure a job? The Portland/Vancouver area is not at all promising.

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    whitedoginwi

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Find trying to find a nursing job maddening. I like most new grads am having trouble. Whne asked point balnk why employers don't want ot hire new grads, i get a variety of answers. The list includes:
    - employers spend lots of money to train a new grad and then they leave.
    -some new grads aren't worth much. The goal of nursing schools have become to turn out as many graduates as they can, not training quality nurses
    - older nurses fear new grads levels of knowledge. They feel threatend.
    - new grads are unreliable. They are young and interested in the opposite sex, drinking, partying and having a good time. They do not come to work with work on their mind , but the night before and the night to come.
    - new grads won't stick around. They young, the will leave to start a family.
    Those are just a few comments that I have gleened from nurse adminstrators and from converstions with other nurses.

    I myself am a new BSN grad (May 2009). I graduated with honors. I have a second degree in social work (also with honors) and I am a EMT. I have applied to over hundred positions. I know that I am limited because I can not work more than and hours drive away from where I llive. (elderly parents). Nursing is taking care of people. Being there fir them when they need some one. How can I be good nurse and leave my parents alone when they need someone right now.
    Most positions I apply to, I never hear back from them. I have even applied for LPN/LVN postions, medical assistant and , CNA, personal care worker postions. I have applied for retails sales postions. I can find nothing.
    As much as agripe about not finding a job. There are nurses with years of expereince not finding jobs. It is the economy and the mind set of hospitals and care facilties. They are businesses, the want to make a buck ( as many bucks as they can). I believe they will short staff and overwork nurses until, we as nurses as a whole say enough. BUt no, we won't. We have a duty to our patients we will continue to provide the beast possible care to our patients even at the expense of our own health and families. The have us by the very nature that drives us to be nurses.

    I hope all new grads find jobs. wisj you all the luck in the world. I position I am extremely hopeful for (part-time for right now) and I am only being considered because a well respected nurs is pushing very hard for me.

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    whitedoginwi

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Find trying to find a nursing job maddening. I like most new grads am having trouble. Whne asked point balnk why employers don't want ot hire new grads, i get a variety of answers. The list includes:
    - employers spend lots of money to train a new grad and then they leave.
    -some new grads aren't worth much. The goal of nursing schools have become to turn out as many graduates as they can, not training quality nurses
    - older nurses fear new grads levels of knowledge. They feel threatend.
    - new grads are unreliable. They are young and interested in the opposite sex, drinking, partying and having a good time. They do not come to work with work on their mind , but the night before and the night to come.
    - new grads won't stick around. They young, the will leave to start a family.
    Those are just a few comments that I have gleened from nurse adminstrators and from converstions with other nurses.

    I myself am a new BSN grad (May 2009). I graduated with honors. I have a second degree in social work (also with honors) and I am a EMT. I have applied to over hundred positions. I know that I am limited because I can not work more than and hours drive away from where I llive. (elderly parents). Nursing is taking care of people. Being there fir them when they need some one. How can I be good nurse and leave my parents alone when they need someone right now.
    Most positions I apply to, I never hear back from them. I have even applied for LPN/LVN postions, medical assistant and , CNA, personal care worker postions. I have applied for retails sales postions. I can find nothing.
    As much as agripe about not finding a job. There are nurses with years of expereince not finding jobs. It is the economy and the mind set of hospitals and care facilties. They are businesses, the want to make a buck ( as many bucks as they can). I believe they will short staff and overwork nurses until, we as nurses as a whole say enough. BUt no, we won't. We have a duty to our patients we will continue to provide the beast possible care to our patients even at the expense of our own health and families. The have us by the very nature that drives us to be nurses.

    I hope all new grads find jobs. wisj you all the luck in the world. I position I am extremely hopeful for (part-time for right now) and I am only being considered because a well respected nurs is pushing very hard for me.

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    EmilyLucille523

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    ATTN New Graduates: Nursing2009 Wants Your Opinion!

    This well known nursing journal wants to know how difficult it has been for many of us New Grads to get a job! Please go to www.nursing2009.com and scroll down to the Facebook area on the right hand side and click on that. If you are already a Facebook member, then all you need to do is sign in on the top right hand side to post your comment. If you are NOT a Facebook member, then you need to sign up on that page. Oh, and then don't forget to click on "Become a Fan" to be able to comment.

    Please let your voice be heard! This is our chance to let everyone know what is really going on

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    bornintelligence

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor's in Nursing. I have my License and I am still working in retail because I cannot find a job. I live in New Jersey, so I'm close to work in either PA or NY and I'm willing to get a license in either state because I am that desperate to start my career. Because I have no experience, I am frowned upon. I've even had an interviewer tell me that I wont be able to find a job in NJ and I should just get a NY license. It is very discouraging and frustrating to go through school and not be able to find a job. Especially when you have loans that have already begin to accumulate interest because I cannot afford to pay them on my salary.

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    lillara04

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I FEEL THE SAME WAY! I live in NY and have been applying since March and no one will take me as a new grad! It's really frustrating, I can't understand how they want us to have experience when no one will hire me so that I can gain some. I worked hard for four years to gain my BSN and all this talk about a shortage for nurses.. its really upsetting.

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    blondelionsmane

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This article does not address the "entry level nurse". I live in the Cleveland Ohio area and someone mentioned that new grads are frowned upon. SHE IS RIGHT!!! I have been looking for a job and have over 200 applications out there to every hospital/LTC facility/nursing home/Agency/ home health care place in northern Ohio, THEY ARE NOT HIRING NEW NURSES W/O 1-2 YEARS EXPERIENCE. We have the biggest industry for healthcare and there are no jobs for new grads, this is crazy! I don't believe there is a nursing shortage. I do believe I may have made a mistake becoming a nurse, especially because I have not found a job with the 200 applications and have been unemployed since May 2009. I love taking care of people and nursing is my passion, but right now I feel like a failure or a lepor, not a nurse.

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    whitewaller

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Where is this list for the 10 best places for entry level nurses? It says below, there is no list. There are lists for the other professions though. Am I blind or is something missing?

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