Where Are Nursing Jobs Available?

Once you graduate from nursing school you’ll be asking where are nursing jobs available? You will have a wide variety of places to look for work, but have you ever wondered where most nurses end up working after graduation?

According to a survey by the Department of Health and Human Services, hospitals are by far the biggest employers of nurses. 56.2 percent of nurses work at hospitals. Next comes community and public health settings (such as schools) at 14.9 percent. After that comes ambulatory care settings, which includes physician’s practices, nurse-based practices, and health maintenance organizations. 11.5 percent of nurses work in these settings. Only 2.6 percent of nurses were employed in nursing education – which helps explain the shortage of nurses.

Here are some of the other places that nurses are employed according to the survey: Federal administrative agencies, state boards of nursing, health associations, health planning agencies, prisons and jails, insurance companies, and other types of employment such as pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies.

Now that you know what general places the bulk of the nursing jobs are available, you can concentrate your efforts there. However, don’t dismiss those areas that don’t account for as many of the nursing jobs available. Take nursing education, for example. Nursing teachers may not get paid as well but they probably have less stress, better hours, and a more stable career as schools are desperate to retain the few nursing teachers they have.

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