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Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Jon Wirt and

November 19, 2009

With so many nursing job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best places for an entry level nursing job based on salary and job openings.

10 Top Paying States for Home Health Aides

The median salary for Home Health Aides in the United States is $9.62

State Hourly Wage
Alaska $13.15
Connecticut $12.76
Rhode Island $11.90
Massachusetts  $11.90
Hawaii $11.79
Delaware $11.50
New Hampshire    $10.97
New Jersey $10.91
Minnesota $10.75
Colorado $10.68

Top 10 States with the Most Average Annual Job Openings for Home Health Aides

There are, on average, 45,410 annual job openings for Home Health Aides in the United States

State Average Annual
Job Openings
New York 5,110
California 2,500
North Carolina  2,120
Ohio 1,970
Florida 1,600
Minnesota 1,450
Pennsylvania 1,350
New Jersey 1,300
Michigan 1,050
Wisconsin 890

District of Colombia, Kansas, Texas and Virginia not reporting


• Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.

• Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.

• Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.

• Change bed linens, wash and iron patients’ laundry, and clean patients’ quarters.

• Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.

• Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.

• Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.


Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.