New Mexico is in dire need of master’s prepared nurse educators. The state has the least number of RN’s in the US; however, nursing programs are still having to turn down around 20% of applicants due to the lack of available faculty. Registered nurses in some of the major cities in The Land of Enchantment have median salaries as follows: Albuquerque $62,208, Las Cruces $52,284, and Santa Fe $56,910.

The top eight hospitals and medical centers in the state are: University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque is 2nd with 5,500 employees, ABQ Health Partners in Albuquerque is 3rd with 5,000 employees, and Christus St. Vincent Medical Center in Santa Fe is 10th with 2,000 employees. VA Medical Center- New Mexico in Albuquerque is 15th with 1,861 employees, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe is 16th with 1,700 employees, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque and San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington are 17th with 1,500 employees each. Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces is 22nd with 1,200 employees.

Ten Largest New Mexico Hospitals

  • Las Vegas Medical Center
  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • University Hospital
  • Lea Regional Medical Center
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Veterans Affairs Med Center
  • St Vincent Hospital
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Eastern New Mexico Med Center
  • San Juan Regional Medical Ctr

Three Largest New Mexico Cities

New Mexico Facts and Figures

  • 2012 Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
  • Unemployment Rank:  20 of 50
  • 2011 Per Capita Income: $34, 575
  • Per Capita Income Rank:  43 of 50
  • 2011 Cost of Living Index: 97.7
  • Cost of Living Rank: 25 of 50

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