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WalletHub has ranked Tennessee as the fourth worst state in the nation for nurses.

Tennessee was near the bottom of the list because it fared poorly on several of the comparisons by the personal finance social network. Its nursing schools ranked 47th. And the state ranked 46th for the number of health care facilities per capita.

Although Tennessee ranked 13th for the median salary for beginning nurses, it slipped to 22nd when the average salaries for all nurses were compared. The state ranked either 34th or 35th on the number of job openings per capita, the projected number of nurses per capita and the projected percentage of people over 65 by the year 2030 who are likely to need nursing care.

Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Texas and Maryland were the top 10 states for nurses, respectively, according to the report.

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