Maine offers a beautiful environment to study nursing in cities such as Fort Kent, Portland, Auburn and Bangor. The University of New England in Portland provides a BSN and a master’s degree in anesthesia. Husson College/Eastern Maine Medical College in Bangor provides students with a BSN and the ability to obtain an RN-to-MSN, part-time MSN or full MSN in nursing. The University of Maine, with campus locations in Fort Kent and Augusta, provides a range of options from the associate degree to their MSN in nurse education. Other opportunities exist in community colleges throughout the state.

Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $10,000 and $57,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Medical care and medical needs in Maine are ever-changing as this state strives to meet patient demands. Approximately 13,000 new jobs were created in health care within this state between 1998 and 2008. Maine continues to provide numerous employment opportunities in hospitals and medical centers located throughout the state. The largest medical center includes Main Medical Center, with four locations in Portland. MaineGeneral Health is the parent company of MaineGeneral Medical Center, which has campuses in Waterville and Augusta. Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems is another large employer. It operates Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and also is affiliated with Inland Hospital in Waterville. MaineHealth has several member hospitals, including Maine Medical Center in Portland, the state’s largest hospital. All these facilities and more have plans to expand their services over the next quarter century.

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