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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 Home Health Aides

The median salary for Home Health Aides in the U.S. is $9.62

State Hourly Wage
Alaska $13.15
Connecticut $12.76
Rhode Island $11.90
Massachusetts  $11.90
Hawaii $11.79
Delaware $11.50
New Hampshire    $10.97
New Jersey $10.91
Minnesota $10.75
Colorado $10.68


Top 10 States with the Most Average Annual Job Openings for Home Health Aides

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There are, on average, 45,410 annual job openings for Home Health Aides in the U.S.

State Average Annual
Job Openings
New York 5,110
California 2,500
North Carolina  2,120
Ohio 1,970
Florida 1,600
Minnesota 1,450
Pennsylvania 1,350
New Jersey 1,300
Michigan 1,050
Wisconsin 890


District of Colombia, Kansas, Texas and Virginia not reporting

Tasks

• Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.

• Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.

• Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.

• Change bed linens, wash and iron patients’ laundry, and clean patients’ quarters.

• Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.

• Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.

• Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.

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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    pbmarie

    about 2 years ago

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    Im going through the same thing! I graduated in Dec 2011 and passed the NCLEX in March 2012. It's now the end of July and still nothing. I;m trying not to get discouraged but it's so hard. I apply for many jobs, even some in a lower status than a RN, go to the hospitals and nursing homes and nothing. Sometimes I don't even get a call back. I ended up landing a gig as a Live-In Caregiver in April just to make ends meet but even that isn't enough. Im sad and frustated but know that I can't give up. That day will come when I get that important call. Don't give up guys!!

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    nnrpece

    about 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

    almost 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

    about 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

    about 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

    about 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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