The Volunteer State had an estimated nurse shortage of around 18,000 registered nurses in 2010.There is also a shortage of nursing school instructors. Registered nurses in the larger cities are as follows: Memphis $61,776, Nashville $60,998, Knoxville $58,754 and Chattanooga $61,039.

The top six hospitals and medical centers in the state ranked here by number of employees are Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville is 1st with 15,000 employees. Methodist University in Memphis and St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville are 2nd with 5,000 employees each. Jackson-Madison County General in Jackson is 4th with 4,000 employees. Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga and Mountain States Health Alliance are 5th with 4,000 employees each.


Three Largest Cities in Tennessee

Tennessee Facts and Figures

  • 2012 Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
  • Unemployment Rank: 32 of 50
  • 2011 Per Capita Income: $36, 533
  • Per Capita Income Rank: 36 of 50
  • 2011 Cost of Living Index: 89.6
  • Cost of Living Rank: 1 of 50

Ten Largest Tennessee Hospitals

  • Methodist Healthcare-Memphis
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital
  • Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • James H Quillen VA Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Nashville Metro Bordeaux Hosp
  • Erlanger Health System
  • VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
  • Parkridge Medical Center

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