Famed for lobster, blueberries, and the stoicism of its natives, Maine is a largely rural state. Portland, its largest city, has a population of under 70,000. Over 90 percent of the state is covered by forest. A significant portion of the state’s residents live in areas hit by the nursing shortage. Nurses with bachelor’s degrees are especially prized, as are those with graduate degrees.
Nursing Education in Maine
Students in Maine can choose from just under 15 nursing schools. Most offer diplomas and associate degrees, but there are opportunities to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Scholarship opportunities abound for almost every kind of student, including adults returning to finish their degree. Requirements vary, but most include Maine residency..
Outlook for Nursing in Maine
Job prospects are good for nurses looking for work in Maine. All specialties are needed, but many hospitals require or prefer four year degrees. RNs earn a mean hourly wage of over $31.00, placing it slightly above the average New England pay for RNs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 edition.
Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Maine include Maine Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Central Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center - Thayer Campus, and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
Nursing Degree Programs in Maine
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