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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 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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• 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.


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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