Nursing Schools in Maine

Renowned for its beautiful coastline dotted with scenic lighthouses, as well as for its delicious lobster and blueberries, Maine is a wonderful place to launch a career in nursing. For one, Maine compensates its nurses well, with nurses earning more here on average than most other states in the U.S. Secondly, Maine appears to be weathering the economic storm better than most of the nation, which bodes well for job-seekers here. The unemployment rate in April 2010 was significantly less than the national jobless rate. Also, Maine is not immune from the nationwide nursing shortage. Because Maine’s health care centers have such a great need for nurses, some have even offered incentive packages, including signing bonuses, to nurses from out-of-state and have budgeted to hire travel and contract nurses to fill in critical vacancies. A qualified RN in Maine does not often stay unemployed for long.

Nurses are needed in Maine’s hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and home health care agencies. The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Maine are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as Portland, Lewiston and Bangor. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Maine include: Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (particularly Aroostook Medical Center), Maine General Health, Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital/Health System. Those who want to become nurses in Maine can get information about state licensure through the Maine State Board of Nursing. ANA—Maine, the state’s branch of the American Nurses Association, is the professional organization that represents the state’s nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with one another, find continuing education opportunities, and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Maine’s nurses.

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