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Nursing: Career and Education Opportunities in New Mexico

Nursing: Nursing Aides and Orderlies provide support for nursing staff as they work to help provide medical care for patients.

New Mexico
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New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.


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Certified Nursing Aide

Certified Nursing Aides provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Certified Nursing Aides need to note the reactions and responses of others in both work and social situations. They also need to look for ways to help others.