Maine is the easternmost state as well as one of the least populated with only 1,328,188 citizens. Despite its small population, the demand for registered nurses is high. The nursing shortage has increased the number of nursing education programs in Maine. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities need qualified nurses to deliver patient care and to fill ever-growing staffing needs. For students interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, Maine offers graduate-level programs that provide the training necessary to work as a:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Certified Nurse Midwife
Nursing Licensure in Maine
The Maine State Board of Nursing is the governing body responsible for regulating the practice of nurses. All registered nurses must adhere to professional guidelines established by the Board. In order to practice as a nurse practitioner in Maine, you must hold a master’s degree with preparation in the specialty area. Additionally, the following materials must be submitted to the Board for review and approval:
- Notarized application form
- Application fee
- Recent passport-type photograph
- Verification of basic nursing licensure from original
- Nurse practitioners must practice for a minimum of 24 months under the supervision of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner practicing in the same practice category
- Nursing transcript directly from your advanced practice nursing program
- Declaration of primary residence form
It’s important to note that each state licenses advanced practice nurses differently. Your area of specialty will determine what steps are required to maintain your eligibility.
Average Nursing Salaries in Maine
All salary data is as of May 2011.
Nursing salaries in Maine vary depending on location, education, experience, and other factors. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in the state of Maine is $66,100, while the U.S. average is $69,110. Hospitals are the largest employer of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. You’ll notice in the list below that due to Maine’s low population, salaries and employment statistics are grouped by geographic region:
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area||1,750||$62,440|
|Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area||4,670||$73,080|
Maine offers a wide range of nursing education programs. For students who need more flexibility, online programs might be an option. Both online and traditional nursing education programs are available for students interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. Additionally, Maine recently implemented the Interstate Compact which allows nurses from other Compact states to practice in Maine.