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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 Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants

The median salary for Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants is $11.14

State Hourly Wage
Alaska $14.93
New York $14.33
Connecticut $14.06
Massachusetts $13.25
New Hampshire   $13.03
Maryland $13.01
Hawaii $12.96
Delaware $12.94
Nevada $12.91
Rhode Island $12.86


Top 10 States with the Most Average Annual Job Openings for Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants

There are, on average, 39,320 annual job openings for Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants in the U.S.

State Average Annual
Job Openings
California 3,900
Florida 3,580
New York 2,330
Ohio 1,990
North Carolina    1,940
Illinois 1,690
Pennsylvania 1,650
Georgia 1,610
Michigan 1,330
Missouri 1,310

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District of Columbia, Kansas, Texas and Virginia not reporting

Tasks

• Answer patients’ call signals.

• Turn and reposition bedridden patients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores.

• Observe patients’ conditions, measuring and recording food and liquid intake and output and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.

• Feed patients who are unable to feed themselves.

• Provide patients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed.

• Provide patient care by supplying and emptying bed pans, applying dressings and supervising exercise routines.

• Bathe, groom, shave, dress, or drape patients to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination.

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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    LaceyLehn

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    It is hard, but not that hard if you are flexible as a new grad. There is always a position open, just maybe not in the field you want to be in. Take it from me... I am currently working in the field of nursing that I vowed never to work in, however, it has been a great experience so far. I have learned a lot and it has opened my eyes to a field I knew so little about. Now that I have 4 months experience as an RN, there are more people willing to look at me. I have 2 job interviews in the near future. They are not quite in the field I am aiming towards but it is definitely a step closer. And each area gives me completely different experiences.For those who plan to move... I would say that if you have a chance to get into an acute care setting fairly easy in your local town, DO IT. Get 6 months at the very minimum and then move. I moved as soon as I graduated and I moved away from 3 positions that could have gotten me anywhere if I had just stayed for 6 months. It is very true that if you know people, you are more likely to get hired. And local hospitals are more inclined to take their local new grads. Fair but upsetting to people who move. That is why I suggest to be flexible and stay put for 6 mos. Then you'll get where you want to be much easier. Also ACE the interview!! Use these tips on this website. They are good ones. :)

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    BluJae

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Wow. I have just begun my clinicals and I don't think I have ever been more discouraged than I have been in the past few moments reading these posts. I would venture out to say that achievement comes from versatility, agility, and creativity. There may not be a shortage of nurses out there. That much may be true. Then again, maybe it's not. The fact is, none of us can know all the details of every geographical area. To those of you who are having such trouble finding a job, have you considered going civil service and lending your nursing skills to the state and/or federal government? I ask because I know for a fact that there are positions available. If the doors are slamming that hard, there are bound to be at least unlocked windows somewhere near by. I am going to continue to obtain my RN and then I will go to work in a hospital in my local area to start. Although, now, my heart is a little heavier and unfortunately, I have this forum to thank for that. I truly hope things get better for you guys much sooner than later.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    For Karen M. Obviously, you are not very experienced nor a analytical thinker. You made incorrect assumptions: that there was no research, that I was speaking only from my experience, that nursing is the only profession where people can follow their dreams and give back and take care of others (note - they can't do that if they are unable to find a job in nursing), Your know-it-all, self-righteousness shows immaturity. Perhaps you should take your own advice - "Get ALL the facts..." I sincerely hope you do not approach your patients with the same presumptuousness.

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    Laurieanne

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    There currently is not a shortage of nurses in the USA. In fact, when surveyed it is noted that there is an excess of licensed , experienced nurses. Many left the field to work in other professions/employment. If all the nurses that left decided to return to nursing there would be massive layoffs and great competition to retain employment. Currently there is a shortage of master prepared nursing instructors. This will impact health care and nurses in the future. Wake up, nurses are vital to this country's health. Repeatedly surveys have shown that working conditions are ranked higher than salaries as a reason for leaving. In 25 yrs. I have seen some changes but not enough to suck me back into the cesspool.

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    janelynn

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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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