Gretchen McNeely, MSU's associate dean of nursing, said 184 nursing students graduated this year from all the Montana campuses, and typically 75 percent stay and work in Montana.
Average starting pay for nurses is around $46,000.
"It's looking prettying good," McNeely
"There are always going to be jobs for nurses."
Yet the recession is being felt.
Benefis hospital in Great Falls, instead of offering new nurses full-time jobs, is offering slightly fewer hours to avoid overtime costs, McNeely