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  • Employment: 14,410
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $31.37
  • Annual Mean Wage: $65,240

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.

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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.

School Name: Central Maine Community College

Address: 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine 04210-6498

Contact: (207) 755-5100

Website: www.cmcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 29 to 1

School Name: Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions

Address: 70 Middle Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Contact: (207) 795-2840

Website: www.cmmcson.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 5 to 1

School Name: Eastern Maine Community College

Address: 354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401

Contact: (207) 974-4600

Website: www.emcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

School Name: Husson University

Address: One College Circle, Bangor, Maine 04401-2999

Contact: (207) 941-7000

Website: www.husson.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 28 to 1

School Name: Intercoast Career Institute

Address: 207 Gannett Dr, South Portland, Maine 04106

Contact: (207) 822-9802

Website: www.intercoastcolleges.com

Type of School: < 2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

School Name: Kennebec Valley Community College

Address: 92 Western Ave, Fairfield, Maine 04937-1367

Contact: (207) 453-5000

Website: www.kvcc.me.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 29 to 1

School Name: Northern Maine Community College

Address: 33 Edgemont Dr, Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2016

Contact: (207) 768-2700

Website: www.nmcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

School Name: Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Address: 278 Whites Bridge Rd, Standish, Maine 04084-5236

Contact: (207) 892-6766

Website: www.sjcme.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Southern Maine Community College

Address: 2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106-1698

Contact: (207) 741-5500

Website: www.smccME.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: University of Maine

Address: Orono, Maine 04469

Contact: (207) 581-1110

Website: www.umaine.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: University of Maine at Augusta

Address: 46 University Dr, Augusta, Maine 04330-9410

Contact: (207) 621-3000

Website: www.uma.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: University of Maine at Fort Kent

Address: 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1292

Contact: (207) 834-7500

Website: www.umfk.maine.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: University of New England

Address: 11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford, Maine 04005

Contact: (207) 283-0171

Website: www.une.edu/

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: University of Southern Maine

Address: 96 Falmouth St, Portland, Maine 04103

Contact: (207) 780-4141

Website: www.usm.maine.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

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