10 Best States for Nurses

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As many of you know, after passing my boards in the State of Illinois, I moved to the State of California. And now after this, I’m thinking about whether or not I shot myself in the foot?

According to the article:

Best States for Nurses

  1. Washington
  2. Illinois
  3. Texas
  4. Oregon
  5. Iowa
  6. California
  7. Minnesota
  8. Connecticut
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Pennsylvania

Worst States for Nurses

  1. New Jersey
  2. North Carolina
  3. Georgia
  4. Kentucky
  5. New York
  6. South Carolina
  7. Alabama
  8. Hawaii
  9. Louisiana
  10. District of Columbia

I’m interested in the implications on these rankings…

Demographics of the area served, political influences? Nursing school rankings of each state? Which specialties in each state are most in demand? Talent pool migratory statistics?


I’m assuming that the top 5 best states for nurses, are vastly marketed in rural areas. I’m speculating that a big portion of their job market consist of Telehealth and low-income facilities that are just starting up, in order to accommodate for the rise of insured individuals (through the ACA). And as many of these facilities strive to attract a grand talent pool, I feel that many fail to compete, due to the inability to sustain the quality of life of the grand populous. After all, as nurses individually make well within the national household mean income, we still live in a Capitalistic-America. We need to buy our Gucci and Prada gear. #Lol.

In addition, I believe that there would be a greater influx of the talent pool to a state like Illinois, if they would so push to finalize their bid to implement the Nurse Licensure Compact. Many states still fail to recognize the importance of establishing the Compact, which will allow the talent pool to freely circulate throughout the nation with ease.

10 Best State for Nurses

Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below!

All the best! Cheers,


Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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