MN Nursing: 4 Reasons Why It's Great to Be an RN in Minnesota

MN nursing

Not all jobs make a positive impact on the world—and not all professionals get the gratification of seeing that happen firsthand. But nurses enjoy both, which makes this hands-on healthcare career a fulfilling and rewarding one.

The nursing profession is growing, and if you’ve got the right mix of head and heart to take on this career, you could fill the demand currently underway in healthcare—an industry adding more jobs than any other in the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

If you find yourself drawn to nursing, you may want to consider launching your career in Minnesota—a great state for healthcare, with demand for nurses and high livability. But don’t just take our word for it. We scoured nursing job postings in Minnesota to get a sense of what’s out there and what nurses can expect. Keep reading to learn more about Minnesota nursing and why the state has so much to offer RNs.

4 Appealing aspects of MN nursing

There’s a lot to love about being a nurse in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Take a look at a few of the perks these Minnesota nurses enjoy.

1. Nurses are in-demand and needed in Minnesota

All over the U.S., demand for nurses is growing more than twice as fast as the national average rate for all occupations.1 With aging baby boomers needing more medical attention, and seasoned nurses facing retirement, the nursing profession is projected to continue growing in the coming years. This is especially true for nurses in Minnesota.

Here’s some good news for nurses in the North Star State: the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area was ranked as one of the nation’s top-ten locations for nursing employment levels, joining the ranks of other major hubs such as Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Chicago. These areas all have high employment levels of nurses, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.2

But we didn’t just take their word for it. We scoured real-time nursing job postings to see for ourselves. Over 19,000 jobs for RNs were posted in Minnesota during the 12-month span we analyzed—and they weren’t all within the Twin Cities. Significant demand for nurses can be found in St. Cloud, Duluth, Mankato and Rochester as well.3

2. Minnesota is home to the Mayo Clinic & other impressive healthcare companies

Rochester, MN, has one of the highest concentrations of nurses in all of the U.S.—undoubtedly due to the presence of the prestigious Mayo Clinic, a hallmark of the medical community since 1889.2 Since its beginnings, the Mayo Clinic sought to provide the best care while also committing to medical research and education. Last year they treated over a million patients from all over the world. It was also ranked as the nation’s top hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic is not the only outstanding option—there are plenty of other award-winning healthcare facilities within the state of Minnesota. For instance, St. Cloud Hospital and Minneapolis’ Abbott Northwestern Hospital were nationally ranked in certain specialties by U.S. News & World Report. And as a state overall, Minnesota is ranked as one of the top-ten best states for healthcare in the U.S.

Prestigious healthcare companies are great to have locally—but are they hiring nurses? We examined RN job postings to see which companies were doing the most hiring. From the past 12 months, these were the companies with the most job postings for nurses in the state:3

  • Sanford Health
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Regions Hospital
  • Essentia Health
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Allina Health System
  • Presbyterian Homes
  • HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
  • UNC Health Care System
  • Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

3. MN nurses are among the top earning RNs in the U.S.

Across the board, nursing is a career that can offer a healthy pay potential: the 2017 median pay for registered nurses was $70,000.1

However, nurses in Minnesota may be at an advantage for pay potential throughout a career: MN is in the top earnings quartile for nurses—with a mean wage of $77,540, according to the BLS.2 While most of the other states in this top bracket—such as California and New York—line the coast, Minnesota is the only Midwestern state in the top-pay range for mean nursing salaries.   

4. Minnesota offers a great quality of life

Minnesota is a pretty great place to live, don’cha know? The North Star State came in second in U.S. News’ Best States study, after Iowa. Minnesota ranked highly in terms of livability, health, education and opportunity, among other factors. In short, it’s a state with a strong economy, reasonable affordability and a great quality of life.

While it’s not in most Minnesotans’ nature to brag, their state frequently tops the charts of many state rankings. It was found to be the best state for women by WalletHub. Love the outdoors? Minneapolis was recently rated one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world and is home to the nation’s best park system, according to the Trust for Public Land’s 2017 ParkScore® index. Minneapolis is also one of the safest cities and one of the fittest cities—so eat your gigantic heart out, Paul Bunyan! Minnesota is even a great place to live when you’re ready to hang up your scrubs for good—it was recently named as the best place to retire. On top of all those accolades, WalletHub also recently ranked Minnesota as the happiest state in the U.S.

Join the ranks of MN nursing professionals

From the pay potential to the prestigious employers and promising growth, nurses have plenty of reason to want to launch their career in Minnesota. Now that you know why it’s so great to be a nurse in Minnesota, are you ready to prove it? By becoming a registered nursed in Minnesota, you’ll join a growing field and have the chance to make a difference in the lives of patients—all while living in a pretty great state.

If you’re interested in starting a nursing career, be sure to check out our Rasmussen College Minnesota campuses page to learn more about Minnesota Nursing education options and how you can join legions of healthcare heroes at the frontline of care.


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [information accessed July 11, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages - Registered Nurses [information accessed July 11, 2018] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

3Burning-Glass.com (Analysis of 19,175 RN job postings from June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018).


Kristina Ericksen

Kristina is a Digital Writer at Collegis Education where she creates informative content on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about the power of education and enjoys connecting students to bright futures.

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