The best and worst states to be an RN in 2012

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Good news for RNs! You’re going enjoy an excellent job outlook right through to 2018.

At least, that’s according to the authors of the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),

Expect the biggest job rate growth in physician offices. That’s due to an increasing focus on preventive medicine and to advances in medical technologies, which allow for the treatment of more and more medical conditions on an outpatient basis.

Look to home healthcare as the second largest setting for RN job growth. That’s followed by nursing facility care, employment services and, lastly, hospitals. The BLS projects the creation of more than half a million new jobs for RNs from the period 2008 to 2018.

As an RN in the United States, where will you fare the best in terms of salary, job prospects and quality of living during this era of high job growth? Where will you enjoy that winning combination of a high salary and a fulfilling lifestyle?

Here’s the lowdown.

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