The best and worst states to be an RN in 2012

Where the nursing salary, cost of living and lifestyle equate to good living
Let’s talk about sunny California. It does seem to be calling RNs with its high salaries and expected job growth. Factor in that there’s a nursing shortage in the state, which also makes the job pickings pretty good.

But the bottom line is that the cost of living in California is well above the national average and the taxes are high, so unless your RN salary is at the high end, and you live in a double-income household with no children or maybe one or two children, making ends meet plus enjoying the great amenities that this beautiful state has to offer is a challenge.

This is the main reason people tend to flee California, even though they love it; it’s a hard place to “make a living.”

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