Nursing Schools in Minnesota

Minnesota is called the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for good reason. This state is bursting with the beauty of nature with it many lakes, forests and wilderness areas. Unlike other Midwestern states, however, Minnesota has a significant population to go along with all the natural beauty—about 5.2 million people. More good news for nurses seeking work here is that the unemployment rate was significantly less here than the national unemployment rate. In April 2010, Minnesota’s jobless rate was at 7.2 percent while the rest of the nation hovered close to 10 percent, which bodes well for job-seekers here. While the national nursing shortage is not as pronounced in Minnesota as in other states, the state still has need of qualified nurses to take up positions in the state’s hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and home health care services.

The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Minnesota are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, and Bloomington. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Minnesota include: Mayo Clinic, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, HealthEast Care System, Park Nicollet Health Services, the St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Health System and the CentraCare Health System. Those who want to become nurses in Minnesota can get information about state licensure through the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Minnesota Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state’s nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with each other and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Minnesota’s nurses.

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