6 Reasons to Be a Nurse in Pennsylvania
Posted: April 16, 2015 by Cathy Weselby in Water Cooler
It’s good to be a nurse in Pennsylvania. Nurses and other health care workers are highly valued here. The Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers was created in 2004 specifically to lure more nurses and health care workers to Pennsylvania.
Here are some reasons you might consider moving to (or staying in) the Keystone State:
|Location||Nurses Employed||Hourly Wage||Annual Salary|
|East Central Penn.||5,330||$30.47||$63,370|
Reason #1: High employment of nurses
Pennsylvania is one of the top five states with the most employed nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 128,750 nurses worked in Pennsylvania in 2014. That’s almost 23 nurses per every 1,000 people. And there are over 250 hospitals in Pennsylvania, including 11 top-ranked hospitals in the U.S.
Reason #2: Jobs in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest metropolitan area, is a hotbed for nurses. This metro area, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, ranks within the top 10 metros in the U.S. for employed nurses. And the average salary for RNs here is $74,170, or $35.66 an hour.
Reason #3: Jobs outside Philadelphia
Outside of Philadelphia, there are also many opportunities for nurses. East Central Pennsylvania, home to Lancaster, Harrisburg and York, is one of the highest nonmetropolitan areas where RNs work in the U.S. This metro area includes Adams, Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union counties. Nurses here earn $63,370 annually, or $30.47 per hour, on average.
Reason #4: Cost of living
Your dollar goes a little further in Pennsylvania. The cost of living here is lower than the rest of the country. Housing is particularly lower, with the median cost of a home at $145,100. Health care costs are also lower than the national average.
Reason #5: Great place to live
Pennsylvania is also home to one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Bensalem in Bucks County was named one of the Top Places to Live by Money magazine. The township has a low crime rate, educated population, and is only 20 miles from downtown Philadelphia. Bensalem also has access to scenic state parks and many cultural activities.
Reason #6: Hershey
And lastly…because of chocolate! Hershey, Pennsylvania, also known as “Chocolatetown, USA,” produces over 80 million chocolate kisses every day. Now that’s sweet!
Keep on nursing!
Whether you’re interested in pursuing a nursing career in Pennsylvania – or anywhere else in the country – it’s important to continue learning. Here are additional resources to push your nursing knowledge and motivations to the next level:
- Nursing Salaries: 10 Highest-Paying Jobs for Nurses
- The 10 Best Hospitals for Nurses in Pennsylvania
- Let It Go! Mindfulness Techniques for Nurses
- Networking Tips for Busy Nurses: Interview with Board-Certified Nurse Coach Keith Carlson
- Where the Jobs Are: Nursing Career Expert Donna Cardillo Looks at the Market
- "Occupational Employment and Wages, Registered Nurses," Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition
- Adam Bluestein, Daniel Bortz, Veronica Crews, Kelly Kearsley, Antonia Massa, Sarah Max, Susie Poppick, Vanessa Richardson, Donna Rosato, and Katie Toth, "Best Places to Live 2014," Money
- "Cost of Living in Pennsylvania," Sperling’s Best Places
- "The Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers," Pennsylvania Workforce Development
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