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The Top-Googled Nursing Career in Every State

A new Grand Canyon University study turned to Google to reveal the most Googled type of nurse across the country.

By Pam JannesPublished about a year ago 3 min read
The Top-Googled Nursing Career in Every State
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The demand for nurses has skyrocketed over the years with the global pandemic and the continuous variants of the coronavirus we’ve experienced. Nurses are still needed across the country although the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has diminished. While the most common would be an ER nurse, there are many types of nurses in the medical industry and America has shown curiosity about each one. Grand Canyon University recorded the most Googled type of nurse in each U.S. state and the results for each state’s most interested nurse position were fascinating.

The data provided in this study was collected from Google Trends for twelve consecutive months. The occupational titles were pulled from Indeed, Incredible Health, and Registered Nursing. This ensures the proper job titles are listed and the most accurate quantitative search results for the past year for each U.S. state. Overall, over twenty different types of nurses were analyzed to create the study. Let’s start with the most searched nurses in each U.S. region.

According to Grand Canyon University, the West was most intrigued with cardiac nurses; working with patients with cardiovascular disease and heart-related problems. The most searched in the Midwest was occupational health nurse; someone who executes health and safety programs for employees who may have been injured on the job. The South inquired most about registered nurses; there is a potential shortage of registered nurses in some southern states– Kentucky leads in vacancies with 88,000 job openings available. The Northeast shared two most searched nursing roles: cardiac nurse and clinical nurse specialist.

The most Googled type of nurse was a cardiac nurse in nine states, which makes sense because the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A registered nurse was second with five states, while a clinical nurse specialist and travel nurse tied for third with three states each.

With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s no surprise that cardiac nurses were one of the top nursing specialties in high demand in states such as Arizona, Hawaii, Missouri and Virginia,” said Grand Canyon University.

New York's most searched nurse was Operating Room Nurse (OR Nurse). “Netflix’s “Lenox Hill,” a docuseries based in New York, featured a behind the scenes look at nurses and doctors in the operating room — perhaps inspiring New Yorkers to get in on the action,” said the company.

A Nurse Educator was the most interested in Kansas. This role is unique because it requires teaching future nurses rather than working with patients in a hospital. The most popular nurse in Florida was a Plastic Surgery Nurse. There is no consequence here since Miami, FL has more plastic surgeons per capita than any other U.S. city. Texas was the only state whose top search was Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist. Everything's bigger in Texas– even popular nursing job titles. New Jersey’s most searched nurse was an Infection Control Nurse. They are responsible for preventing and detecting the spread of bacteria and viruses. The most popular search nurse in Vermont is one we have all come across at least once in our life– a School Nurse.

A substantial appreciation for nurses has become more prevalent in recent years. Whether you are a Nurse Midwife or Triage Nurse, the responsibility in nursing consists of extreme patience, being away from home and family, and over half a decade of education. With the possible shortage crisis, this is the time to pursue a nursing career; if interested. Google the various nursing jobs and see which stands out the most, or even refer to the Grand Canyon University study.


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