The 5 Best and 5 Worst States for Nurses

If you're about to graduate from college and get your nursing license, you might be looking forward to starting your career with mixed feelings. On the one hand, nursing careers pay well and offer low rates of unemployment; on the other, getting started can be a struggle. It can be hard to get the minimum two or three years of experience that many employers look for in a new hire.

With this in mind, WalletHub recently evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify the best and worst states for nurses – especially new nurses – in the U.S.

5 Things You Don’t Know About Nurses

If your picture of nursing and nurses was formed by watching medical dramas on TV, you probably wouldn't recognize a real Registered Nurse. Actual nurses do not flirt with doctors, wear World War II-era nursing caps, or spend the bulk of their day fluffing pillows and providing refreshments. They're highly skilled and rigorously educated professionals, and if you're ever in the hospital, they're the part of the medical team that will be most involved, on a daily basis, in getting you on the road to recovery.

Nursing and Agriculture Jobs – Occupational Health Nurse Salary

Name: Mary Fleming
Job Title: Agriculture Health Nurse - Occupational Health Nurse
Years of Experience: 19 years
Current Employer: Grady Memorial Hospital
Where: Delaware, Ohio
Education: Grant Hospital School of Nursing, diploma; Capital University, BSN; Ohio State University, working for MPH
Other Relevant Work Experience: RN since 1977
Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median occupational health nurse salary.

Nursing and Agriculture Jobs - Occupational Health Nurse Salary


The agriculture industry offers some of the world's most dangerous jobs, including farm machinery operator, farm worker, farm laborer and farm mechanic. In this Salary Story, occupational nurse Mary Fleming explains the dangers of the agriculture industry and what occupational health nurse jobs are really like. She also shares fun stories about how an agriculture health nurse can become a technical advisor for novels and how she won the most prestigious community health award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award.


PayScale: What is your Agriculture Health Nurse/Occupational Health Nurse job description?


I do patient follow-up for agriculturally related injuries, diseases, and fatalities. Some is by mailed questionnaire, some by phone, and some visits. Patient education, wound assessment, assisting with secondary injury prevention, hazard assessment, etc. Then, working with regional advisory board, design public health interventions like a tetanus campaign to get adults up to date with their boosters after a fatality and sales of first aid kits for on-farm use because of the number of trauma cases. We do research projects like the research to design a grain rescue tube that could be used on farms for grain engulfments because 92 percent of the people trapped to chest level die while they attempt to rescue them.