State government fosters an environment that encourages and supports professional growth and career opportunities for nurses. Over 10,000 Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses work in challenging and rewarding positions in agencies located across the State. Whether you are already employed in State government or are considering working for State government, this site provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities available.

Nurses employed in State government receive:

Nurses employed in State government work with diverse populations in a wide variety of practice settings, including:

Nurses can practice in a variety of specialty areas, including:

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding Nursing Careers, visit the FAQ page.

Professional Development  

Workplace Skills and Professional Development Courses(External Link) offer opportunities for training and development on topics such as supervisory skills, management development, and interpersonal workplace skills.

Public Service Workshops Program (PSWP)(External Link) offers training on topics specific to nursing.

Public Service Training Program (PSTP)(External Link) offers reimbursement for qualifying courses, events, or examinations.

Agencies and Facilities  

Nursing positions exist in the following agencies/facilities:

Entry Level Nursing Positions 

Health Care Surveyor (Nursing) Title Series

These titles are responsible for the surveillance and regulation of health care providers to ensure that care provided meets standards of practice and complies with State and Federal statutes and regulations.

Registered Nurse 2 (Community) works within the framework of a treatment team providing nursing services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness, alcoholism or substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and their caretakers/families.

Registered Nurse 1 (Health Services) employs a holistic approach to providing occupational health services while working independently and without direct supervision.

Registered Nurse 2 (Medical Care) performs initial health care and vocational assessments, projecting long and short-term goals; makes recommendations for continuing care and/or suggest alternative treatment plans; and coordinates and monitors all health care and vocational services.

Registered Nurse 1, Registered Nurse 1 (Spanish Language), Registered Nurse 1 (Chinese Language), Registered Nurse 1 (Manual Communications) / Nurse 3 - all require license and registration to practice nursing in New York State (some positions require post-RN licensure clinical nursing experience, or specialized nursing experience, or a bachelor's degree in nursing, or certification in a specialized area).

Teaching Research Center Nurses

These titles provide nursing care to patients in an acute care environment requiring complex nursing skills using advanced knowledge and skill in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care.

Registered Nurse 2 (Geriatric)

Registered Nurse 1 & 2 (Rehabilitation)

Registered Nurse 3 (Correctional Services)

Graduate Nurse, Graduate Nurse (Manual Communications), Graduate Nurse (Spanish Language, Graduate Nurse (Chinese Language)

Registered Nurse 1 & 2 (Psychiatric)

Additional Information 

For more information on nursing positions, please see the Glossary of Titles-Inquiry Tool (GOT-IT). The "Title Search" feature allows you to search for a specific title by name (i.e. Registered Nurse 2 - Community) and will show the salary grade, location of the position (by county), job description, qualifications, examination information, and related career mobility options.