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Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Jon Wirt and

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


• 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.


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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    over 5 years ago


    Im going to take my bsn in september in colorado and I am so excited. It kind of frightens me that the shortage is in effect but adn nurses as well as bsn nurses cant find any jobs. The program im going into is a 35 month bsn program and since I have prereqs done it may take me less than 30 months!

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    over 5 years ago


    Where I live, CNAs are needed for LTC (High turnover. What else is new?) Fresh RN grads (relative to where you live) w/o patient care experience are frowned upon. At least, this is how it is in my residence. They want RNs with CNA/EMT/phlebotomy/LPN-LVN experience. Theory and clinicals just do not cut it as a starting point (again, where I live...near Boise). Just an FYI...

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    over 5 years ago


    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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    over 5 years ago


    I to am a new grad. I graduated in May 2008. I have passed NCLEX, and yet can not get a job!

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    over 5 years ago


    i'm new grad RN BSN and couldt find a job for a year now but still looking

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    over 5 years ago


    RNMars - that is NOT true - I know because I have worked for Magnate hospitals and know 1st hand that they hired new grads from ADN programs.

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    over 5 years ago


    Yes, I agree! I am a New Grad and I am having the hardest time finding a job!

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    over 5 years ago


    Bannie - I want to be sure I follow your last comment. I understand you as saying an RN with an associate in science - nursing (which we call an ADN in NY) cannot get a job with a Magnate hospital. Is that coeerect? Do I also understand you to say that only those RN's with a bachelor of science degree - nursing (BSN) are hired by Magnate hospitals? Thanks

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    over 5 years ago


    For the person Wholistic Nurse....yes there is a shortage, BUT you and the other commentor are both correct. In town hospitals in Boston (which is the hub of the east coast) are NOT hiring non BSN RN's, and many have or acquiring magnate status which would ensure no RN would have only an AD....which is me. As well, there are hiring freezes in place in certain Boston hospitals too! It's true.

    The other hand, across the state there are a multitude of jobs that vary from LPN/LVN to RN in all degreed forms. In some cases an LPN may have an easier time finding a job because there is no expectation of an LPN to have a degree, the program generally doesn't call for one, however, many institutions looking specifically for an RN , are looking for that BSN too.

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    over 5 years ago


    I have no idea what part of the East Coast you are talking about RNBSN, but I found your comments to be grossly incorrect on several points. I am a new Nurse on the East Coast in a very economically depressed area and am an LPN with aa 1 year Diploma and have had NO PROBLEM finding a job nor have I heard of any of my Nursing frieids spread all through the country having any problems at all finding jobs and many of them are LPNs as well. The restrictions you mentioned of many hospitals hiring only BSNs would be IMPOSSIBLE to implement with the acute Nursing shortage in this country expected to top over 1,000,000 in less than 10 years of nursing jobs that will need to be filled.

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    over 5 years ago


    I do Medical Assisting and CNA work and am planning to challenge the LVN certification exam. I am doing this to get into a nursing program faster. Having this training will help me in the long run in nursing. MAs and CNAs are alos the backbone of health care. We are like junior nurses. Take pride if you are one.

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    over 5 years ago


    I have a Associates in applied science majoring in Medical Assistant then went and took my certification test and passed. I am very glad that this web site even reconized the medical assistant and that they can offer in the medical field. I work at a small office that I am the first medical assistant to work there. I have had to prove my schooling and creditenal many times over. I would like more information on what classes that I would need to take to get in to a RN program. I have also worked for doctors that have yelled at me and now I know they have made me a better person for me to be able to move on and to find two great doctors that I would do anything for with in my scope of practice of course. I know that I will always be stronger medical assistant for the poor doctor that yells most dont share with other offices.

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    over 5 years ago


    You know i have a dipolma in medical assistanting,i have been trying to find a job and it
    just don't happen. I think a doctor i worked for blackbawled me. I like to work with the patients
    it is just hard for me right now. I was his right hand,everything was always ready for him. He
    screamed and hollered at me inches away from my face,all because of one instrument.

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    over 5 years ago


    New Grad nurses do have the hardest challenge I agree as a specialty recruiter for nursing I know the pain they suffer trying to get placeds I talk to them everyday. But just remember the sooner you start nursing no matter where the better and the experience will be worth it to you.
    Make sure you test the waters and find what you like and I would love to give you some field information where the most jobs are open and have the best compensation, and beneifts just give me a call 336-644-6300 x 122

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    over 5 years ago


    Keep in mind that this nursing "shortage" does not exist in all markets. Some of us are having a hard time finding postions as a New Grad Nurse.

    Many hospitals will only be hiring those with a BSN in the future. This is true now on the East coast.

    Just an FYI for those that are thinking of entering the profession.

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