How To Become A Nurse In Maine

With 19 nursing schools in Maine approved by the State Board of Nursing, there are ample educational and employment opportunities available for anyone interested in entering the nursing field, which offers a stable and rewarding career.

The Maine Board of Nursing approves all programs that prepare students to sit for their license examinations — either to become registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs). If someone is considering either type of nursing there are many options in nursing education leading to good jobs in Maine where nursing salaries average about $76,000 a year.

There are 39 major hospitals in Maine, both acute care and specialty hospitals, ranging in size and location, offering nursing positions. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Maine include Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Maine General Health, Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital/Health System.

Nursing Shortage Means Jobs

Maine is not immune from the nationwide nursing shortage. Because Maine’s health care centers have such a great need for nurses, some even offer incentive packages, including signing bonuses, to nurses from out-of-state. Many hire travel and contract nurses to fill in critical vacancies. A qualified nurse does not stay unemployed for long in Maine.

As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact under the National Council of State Boards of Nursing which promotes uniform standards of nurse licensing, resident nurses in neighboring New Hampshire are eligible to work in Maine, an Atlantic Seaboard state with a 1.3 million population.

Maine has five state board-approved school programs specifically for those interested in training to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Choosing to become an LPN is a good option for someone with no medical experience because it allows them to learn basic skills without a big outlay of time or money.

LPN training is offered at several community colleges with flexibility in classes so nursing students can work while going to school. An LPN program can be completed in 12 to 18 months, depending on full-time or part-time attendance.

Maine Offers Several Nursing Programs

Those interested in a career as a registered nurse have 13 state-approved four-year degree institutions to choose from in Maine and they can also seek advanced degrees while working. The University of Maine established its nursing program in 1939, creating the state’s first baccalaureate program for nurses. The nursing program later became a School of Nursing in 1958.

On successful completion of their chosen nursing programs, graduates in Maine are allowed to sit for the NCLEX (National Council of Licensure Examination) for RNs and PNs used by the Maine State Board of Nursing to assist in making their licensing decisions.

Last year first-time candidates for Maine PN licenses had an 87 percent passing rate and RN candidates had a 90 per cent pass rate, surpassing the national average.

Nursing Schools in Maine

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Nursing School Locations

Central Maine Medical Center
College of Nursing and Health Professions

70 Middle Street,
Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 795-2840

Central Maine Community College
1250 Turner Street
Auburn, ME 04210-6489
(287) 755-5100

Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 974-4600

University of Maine
School of Nursing
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5724
(207) 581-2592

University of New England
Department of Nursing
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 283-0171

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