Which cities have the most job opportunities for nurses?

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“Where in the U.S. is the best city for nurses?” With the current state of the economy and conflicting reports on the nursing profession (if there’s really a nursing shortage, how come it’s so hard to get a job?!), it’s a question we’re willing to bet many nurses have asked over the past few years. In fact, it’s a question Beth Sager recently blogged on for The Nerdy Nurse, too.

We’re constantly on the lookout for the best places for nurses to work, and if moving is an option for you, read on for some examples of great places to call home….where your profession is in demand!

With an aging population, there are nursing opportunities everywhere, but why not follow the snowbirds down south and enjoy a little sun and surf as well as growing employment. Fort Walton, Florida has a little of both and is a wonderful place to start a nursing career. Unlike some northern states, Florida’s population is growing and with it the need for health care workers in general and nurses specifically.

If the heat and humidity aren’t your idea of a good time, then Boston might be more to your liking. For state of the art health care, there is no place better than Boston. Hospitals here include Beth Israel, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. In the past few years, the health care industry here saw more growth than any other area.

One city you may have never considered is Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With a low unemployment rate in general and a $2 million gift to local hospitals, employment has been on the rise for nurses just starting out and those who are continuing their nursing careers. The city was also ranked as one of the best small cities for careers for the past seven years.

If the idea of a college town is more to your liking, think about Madison, Wisconsin. You’ll find the University of Wisconsin there, as well as several world-class hospitals. Not to mention the unemployment rate is at a low 2.6%. You’ll also find plenty of home grown entertainment, shops and restaurants.

To read the rest of this article, head on over to The Nerdy Nurse. Then be sure to tell us all about the opportunities available in your own town in the comments below.


The Nerdy Nurse

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is a Clinical Informatics Specialist practicing in Georgia. In her day job she gets to do what she loves every day: Combine technology and healthcare to improve patient outcomes. She can best be described as a patient, nurse and technology advocate, and has a passion for using technology to innovate, improve and simplify lives, especially in healthcare. Brittney blogs about nursing issues, technology, healthcare, parenting and various lifestyle topics at thenerdynurse.com

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3 Responses to Which cities have the most job opportunities for nurses?

  1. alissafein

    Portland Maine is a beautiful place to live. However, nursing opportunities are HORRIBLE. It is nearly impossible to get a job here for both new grads and experienced RNs alike. A ridiculous waste of talent as too many people are leaving the profession because it is too difficult to make a living here as a nurse.

  2. mshazmat RN

    Madison is a great city with lots of fun things to do. Being a university town and the state capitol unemployment is lower than many places. However there are quite a number of nursing schools here and grads tend to want to stay here. So it is not easy for a new grad to get a job here especially in a hospital. If you are someone with years of experience it may be better.

  3. boysicurn

    Boston has very limited opportunities for RNs currently. Many new grads are forced to move elsewhere to find jobs.