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Throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, RNs rank in the top five occupations with the most job openings, according to the most recent figures from the Career InfoNet Web site. The eight states in this area are also home to more than 27% of the nation's Magnet facilities.




In Maine, the mean salary for RNs is $24.06 per hour; in the Portland metro area, $26.24. Some of the largest employers are Maine Medical Center, Portland; and Maine General Medical Center in Augusta and Waterville.




Here nurses earn an average hourly rate of $23.46, and $24.39 in the Manchester area. New Hampshire also has no state income tax on wages. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, and Concord Hospital, Concord, are two of the state's largest employers.




Garden State RNs earn $27.80 per hour, but rates tend to be higher in the metro areas in the northern part of the state, such as Bergen-Passaic at $29.36. Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack is one of the largest employers.




Nurses in the Bay State earn a mean hourly rate of $28.79; but this rises to $30.26 in the Boston area. Two of the states largest employers are in Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.




This state's hourly rate for RNs is $28.38. Nurses in the Hartford area earn an average of $29.34 and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, one of the state's largest employers is here. Another large employer is Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven.




RNs in Rhode Island earn a mean hourly rate of $26.09, a little less in metropolitan Providence, which is $25.35. Two of the states largest employers are Women and Infants Hospital, Providence; and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence.




New York State RNs earn an average of $28.54 per hour, but the rates vary from $20.45 in the Jamestown area to $32.65 in New York City. Lincoln Hospital, in the Bronx, and Mount Sinai Hospital, in Manhattan, are two of the largest employers.




Vermont RNs earn an average of $22.66 per hour, and one of Vermont's largest employers is Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities to New England, New York, and New Jersey

Fletcher Allen Healthcare


Human Resource


111 Colchester Avenue


Burlington, VT 05401


Contact: Karen Vincent


(800) 722-9922




Web site:


Arizona needs nurses. The Arizona Department of Economic Security predicts that Arizona will need 59% more nurses in 2012 than it had in 2002. This is the highest percent-age change of any state that reported data, and translates to more than 20,000 more nurses.


"The nursing shortage is the most critical issue facing hospitals and hospital systems in Arizona today," says the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Web site. In a statewide effort to address the problem, the AzHHA has initiated its "Campaign for Caring." One of its goals is to attract and support more qualified and satisfied nurses and healthcare professionals in Arizona. This effort includes educating an adequate supply of qualified nurses, and having them reflect the gender, ethnic and cultural composition of patients in the state. Arizona has five times the national average of Native Americans and twice the national percentage of Hispanics, according to the 2000 U.S. census figures.



Arizona is a blend of cultures and the landscape is diverse. From the spectacular Grand Canyon toward the north, to the beautiful deserts with the mild winters in the south, Arizona is a state to fall in love with.


It has become a popular destination for part-time winter residents and retirees alike, but it is also feeling the effect of illegal immigrantion. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts steady growth in Arizona's population through 2025. All of this impacts the health care system and the need for nurses. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs here earn a mean hourly rate of $24.87. Nurses in the Phoenix-Mesa metro area earn $25.35. Many of the state's largest employers are health care related: Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale; Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix; Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa; and University Medical Center, Tucson are some examples.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Arizona

Abrazo Health Care


Arrowhead Hospital


18701 N. 67th Avenue


Glendale, AZ 85308


Contact: Laura Curtis


(623) 537-3470


Fax: (623) 572-4578




Web site:


Maryvale Hospital


5102 W. Campbell Avenue


Phoenix, AZ 85031


Contact: Chevez White


(623) 848-5899


Fax: (623) 848-5959




Web site:


Paradise Valley Hospital


3929 E. Bell Rd.


Phoenix, AZ 85032


Contact: Maureen Lessig


(602) 923-5633


Fax: (602) 923-5665




Web site:


Phoenix Baptist Hospital


2000 W. Bethany Home Road


Phoenix, AZ 85015


Contact: Chris Pilley


(602) 246-5326


Fax: (602) 246-5769




Web site:


Phoenix Memorial Hospital


1201 S. 7th Avenue


Phoenix, AZ 85007


Contact: Steve Austin


(602) 824-3079


Fax: (602) 824-3420




Web site:


West Valley Hospital


13677 W. McDowell Rd.


Goodyear, AZ 85338


Contact: Paula Hoversten


(623) 882-1928


Fax: (623) 882-1565




Web site:


Banner Health


To speak to a Recruiter Monday-Friday call


(866) 377-JOBS (5627) between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. PST


Web site:


CHW Chandler Regional Hospital


475 S. Dobson Rd.


Chandler, AZ 85224


Contact: Viveca Hill, Nurse Recruiter


(866) 754-6774


Fax: (480) 821-3298




Web site:


Northern Arizona Healthcare


Flagstaff Medical Center


1200 N. Beaver St.


Flagstaff, AZ 86001


Contact: Human Resources


(800) 446-2324


Fax: (928) 773-2579


Web site:


Verde Valley Medical Center


269 S. Condy Lane


Cottonwood, AZ 86326


Contact: Human Resources


(888) 249-9995


Fax: (928) 639-6387


Web site:


Northwest Medical Center


6180 N. Corona Rd., Suite 102


Tucson, AZ 85704


Contact: Human Resources


(520) 469-8549


Fax: (520) 469-8050


Web site:


Northwest Medical Center-Oro Valley


1551 E. Tangerine


Oro Valley, AZ 85737


Contact: Human Resources


Fax: (520) 818-0597


Web site:


Scottsdale Healthcare Shea


9003 E. Shea Blvd.


Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Contact: Human Resources


(480) 882- JOBS (5627)


Web site:


Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn


7300 E. 4th St.


Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Contact: Human Resources


(480) 882- JOBS (5627)


Web site:


Sun Health


10474 West Thunderbird Blvd.


Sun City, AZ 85351


Contact: Recruitment Department


(800) 486-5576




Web site:


Tucson Medical Center


5301 E. Grant Rd.


Tucson, AZ 85712


Contact: Bruce Megenhardt


(800) 526-5353, ext. 41543


Fax: (520) 324-5277




Web site:


Yuma Regional Medical Center


2400 S. Avenue A


Yuma, AZ 85364


Contact: Professional Recruiter


(800) 726-YUMA (9862)


Fax: (928) 336-7677




Web site: Apply online at


Interested in a flexible and rewarding career, with the excitement of exploring new regions and enhancing your nursing skills at some of the most prestigious medical centers across the nation? Consider travel nursing.


"I think it's important for nurses to know that while travel nurses have always been a valued part of the staffing model, we are actually seeing an increased interest among hospitals in using travel nurses to supplement their staffing needs," says Beth L. Machado, senior vice president for recruitment at American Mobile Healthcare. "What this means for travel nurses is that they have more choices about what acute care facilities and cities they'd like to work in."



Machado says the industry is evolving. Assignment lengths can vary from four weeks to two years, in addition to the traditional 13-week assignments. Travel companies, such as American Mobile Healthcare, are responding to the increasing expectations from nurses for more customer service. And the increase in hospital admissions and the trend for mandated nurse-patient ratios is being watched for its impact on openings for travel nurses.



"This is a field for newer nurses, the tenured nurse, career-builder nurses and nurses who may either be close to retirement age or who are looking to supplement their retirement income by taking an occasional travel assignment," Machado says.


She explains that travel nurses need a degree from an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada and at least 10 months of acute care clinical experience in a specialty such as OR, ER, ICU, Med-Surg, and others. Also required are a valid professional practice license or certification and proof of the right to work in the United States.


"One thing I'd like to point out is that travel nursing provides an excellent career option for nurses who may be burned out and are looking to leave the profession," she says. "Instead, they can reenergize their passion for nursing, be rewarded, and can choose to stay in travel nursing or eventually return to permanent staffing with a better outlook on their career."


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Travel Nursing

American Mobile Healthcare


(800) 282-0300


Web site:


American Traveler Staffing Professionals


(800) 884-8788


Web site:


Cross Country/TravCorps


Phone: (800) 530-6125, ext. 8702


Web site:




Phone: (800) 621-1440


HRN Services, Inc.


Phone: (800) 476-5561


Web site:


Medical Express


Phone: (800) 544-7255


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Phone: (800) 732-9992


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(866) 557-6050


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Phone: (800) 733-9354


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O'Grady Peyton International


Phone: (877) 504-7794


Web site:


On Assignment Nurse Travel


(866) 856-7379


Web site:


Onward Healthcare


(800) 278-0332


Web site:


Preferred Healthcare Staffing


Phone: (800) 735-4774


Web site:


qShift Travel Nurses


Phone: (800) 733-6877


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Phone: (800) 866-0407


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Supplemental Health Care


Phone: (800) 543-9399


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