Top States for Nursing Jobs


Planning on moving somewhere but worried you might not land a job as a nurse, which you worked so hard to become for years? Or are you worried that though you find a nursing job, it might not fit in your so-called standards, you might not enjoy the place, or the job might not pay well, and you fear it might not be worth all those hard years spent in nursing school?

Well, if these are the case then you might want to consider these states that are considered to be part of the top list when it comes to nursing jobs.

  • Florida

This state is considered to be one of the most popular choices for retirement and already has a large population over the age of 65. Because of these, Florida is considered a good state for nurses seeking employment. Not only does it offer good job prospects, it is also home for lots of entertainment, nightlife and exciting things to do for off-duty nurses. What better way to unwind after a toxic shift, right?

  • California

Nurses employed in California earn an average of $25.45 per hour. In 2005, the state initiated a Nurse Education Initiative. Because of this, 35 nursing programs have been added within the state which then resulted in a 78.7 percent increase of enrollment within those programs.

  • Hawaii

If you are a nurse situated in Hawaii you care for retirees, vacationers and long-term residents of the state. A plus when working here are the warm weather and island living which are considered appealing to many. The average pay for a nurse hovers around $24 per hour, but can be much higher, depending on a nurse’s specialty.

  • New York

If you love the city life, then New York might just be the place for you as it offers you the chance to work in one of the most bustling cities in the world. Nurses looking for a challenging, fast-paced environment would be a great match for New York City hospitals.

  • Oregon

Up for some adventure? Or a beautiful place to live and work in? Oregon’s natural beauty continues to attract many new residents. Portland, the largest city, supports many hospitals and numerous clinics. Although other cities in the state are not as large, they also support hospitals, clinics, retirement homes and several colleges. Oregon is a popular choice because it has several options for skiing, hiking, snowboarding, and windsurfing.


Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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