There Are Places Where the Nursing Shortage Is Still Real... Let's List Some to Help!

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    I thought it would be good to start a thread in which people who know about areas where there is still a nursing shortage (or, at least, good nursing opportunities) could share this info with job hunters.

    I live in Oklahoma, and I can tell you that many (if not most) rural areas here have very real nursing shortages - and even in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, both LPNs and RNs (ADN/BSN) seem to readily get jobs.

    Because of the legacy of oil money here, many of our rural hospitals are also quite lovely and quite nicely equipped, thanks to bequests, etc.

    So, I'll start:

    There are still plenty of jobs in Oklahoma (metro, and especially rural).
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    I wouldn't say there's a shortage in Mississippi, but most people are getting some sort of hospital job. It's not as awful of a place as people think it is, I promise!
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    I agree OK was pretty easy to get a job. Also AR
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    I wouldn't say there is a shortage in rural Texas (outskirts of Houston: baytown, kingwood, Pasadena, liberty, etc) but nursing homes in these parts are AlWAYS hiring, LVN, ADN, anything.

    HCA hospitals are new grad ADN friendly, as well as cornerstone and kindred hospitals.
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    Rural southern Georgia needs nurses. You're SOL if you're looking Atlanta or other big cities, but look south of that and there are definitely openings.
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    My dad has lived in Kingwood for many years (as did my mom, with him, until her death).

    It is a lovely little town! It's laid out beautifully, with wonderful shops and schools, etc. Lots of professionals and executives live there, so everything is very well maintained. It's not like a big strip mall, either, because there are rules about signage and architecture. It makes driving and walking around much more pleasant.
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    Thanks everyone for the tips! They are very much appreciated!

    I have a Florida license, but I'm willing to endorse/move to wherever the work is so it's definitely helpful to know where to target my efforts.
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    You can get an idea of which areas have a higher ratio of employment for registerd nurses from the Dept of labour employment statistics, in the areas that have a location quotient ratio greater than one there is a higher share of employment then average. Registered Nurses
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    Quote from dishes
    You can get an idea of which areas have a higher ratio of employment for registerd nurses from the Dept of labour employment statistics, in the areas that have a location quotient ratio greater than one there is a higher share of employment then average. Registered Nurses
    excellent resource!!!

    OP...... I would not say that the nursing shortage is real.....for it is not....it not might be hard to find a job in a few select areas of the country......however they are not the vacancy rates of 5 years ago. The nursing shortage that all schools talk about does not exist.

    No Nursing Shortage At The Present Time - Nursing for Nurses

    Proof There's No Nursing Shortage:

    No nursing shortage: roll call! - General Nursing Discussion

    THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE in 2010. - Nursing for Nurses

    Is there a nursing shortage or not? - General Nursing Discussion
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jun 28, '13
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    This is a great thread! Please keep the info/resources coming! Any specifics on California employment would be great, sacramento specifically...


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