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Which are the BEST & WORST States for Nursing Practice?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The nursing industry – like most segments of the economy – is in a state of significant transition under the weight of major overarching socioeconomic dynamics, from the aging U.S. population and the Affordable Care Act to the student loan crisis and concerns about the future of key entitlement programs. It’s therefore understandable if recent nursing school grads aren’t sure where to turn once they receive their diploma.

That concern is not unique among recent graduates, regardless of industry, but both the magnitude of the issue – the nursing industry is expected to grow far faster than the average occupation through 2022 – and the various day-to-day demands placed on nursing professionals – from overstaffing and mandatory overtime to unionization and allegations of systematic disrespect – are indeed profession-specific. With that in mind, WalletHub decided to take stock of the nursing industry in order to help nurses, particularly the newly minted of the bunch, lay down roots in areas that are conducive to both personal and professional success.

We compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key metrics that collectively speak to the job opportunities that exist for nurses in each market, how much competition there is for each position, differences in the workplace environment, and projections for the future. You can check out our findings as well as the methodology we used to conduct this report and expert commentary on the state of the nursing industry below.

The TEN BEST & TEN WORST States for Nursing Practice: Where's YOUR state?

The TEN BEST & TEN WORST States for Nursing Practice: Where’s YOUR state?

 

Overall Rank

State Name

Opportunity Rank

Competition Rank

Work Environment Rank

1 Oregon 2 5 1
2 Washington 4 6 12
3 South Dakota 1 17 15
4 Arizona 9 4 22
5 New Mexico 20 3 28
6 Alaska 37 1 5
7 Wyoming 22 2 42
8 Minnesota 5 47 1
9 Texas 8 11 36
10 Maryland 30 10 20
11 Nebraska 6 29 13
12 Colorado 24 14 29
13 California 11 25 25
14 North Dakota 23 28 7
15 Maine 28 15 20
16 Idaho 31 19 15
T-17 Kansas 18 24 23
T-17 Montana 21 19 30
19 Massachusetts 29 29 6
20 North Carolina 7 27 39
21 Florida 17 21 39
22 Wisconsin 15 36 11
23 Ohio 3 48 19
24 Oklahoma 32 8 45
25 Connecticut 34 32 4
26 South Carolina 16 26 43
27 Iowa 13 38 24
28 New Hampshire 48 9 9
29 Pennsylvania 14 36 26
30 Virginia 25 18 48
31 Indiana 12 35 34
32 Vermont 49 11 10
33 Michigan 26 34 31
34 Nevada 44 11 38
35 Missouri 10 45 35
36 Hawaii 50 7 32
37 Rhode Island 45 41 3
38 Illinois 35 31 27
39 New York 36 40 17
40 Utah 43 16 44
41 New Jersey 51 22 17
42 District of Columbia 39 39 14
43 Delaware 42 44 8
44 Arkansas 38 33 33
45 Georgia 33 22 51
46 Kentucky 19 51 39
47 West Virginia 27 50 47
48 Tennessee 40 43 46
49 Alabama 46 49 37
50 Louisiana 41 45 50
51 Mississippi 47 42 49

 

Which states are the Best & Worst for Nursing Practice? Where is YOUR state on the spectrum?

Which states are the Best & Worst for Nursing Practice?
Where is YOUR state on the spectrum?

Methodology

WalletHub took 15 key metrics into account in assessing the relative activeness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to nurses. In doing so, we considered trends both short- and long-term related to the employment opportunities that exist in each state, the quality of the jobs that are available, the amount of competition that does and will exist in the local job market, and the nature of the workplace environment in which nurses operate.

You can check out the metrics as well as the corresponding weights we used to construct our overall rankings below. The three categories under which the metrics are listed were used for organizational purposes only and did not factor in to our overall rankings.

Opportunity

  • Monthly Median Starting Salary for Nurses, Adjusted for Cost of Living: 0.5
  • Average Annual Salary for Nurses, Adjusted for Cost of Living: 1
  • Number of Health Care Facilities per Capita: 1
  • Medically Underserved Areas: 1
  • Projected Percentage of the Population Over 65 (2030): 0.5
  • Nursing Schools Rank: 1

Competition

  • Nursing Job Openings per Capita: 1
  • Number of Nurses per Capita: 0.5
  • Projected Number of Nurses per Capita (2020): 1
  • Unemployment Rate: 0.5

Work Environment

  • Mandatory Overtime Restrictions: 1
  • States with the Largest Share of the Best Nursing Homes: 0.5
  • Best States for Working Moms Rank: 0.5
  • Average Number of Hours Worked: 0.5
  • Average Commute Time: 0.5

Source: Data used to create these rankings is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Missouri Economic Research & Information Center, Indeed.com, the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. News & World Report, the American Nurses Association and WalletHub research.

About the author:
John Kiernan is Senior Writer & Editor at Evolution Finance. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Journalism, a minor in Sport Commerce & Culture, and the University Honors Citation. His previous work experience includes USA TODAY and The Washington Post. Mr. Kiernan is a Washington, D.C. native and an avid fan of the Nats, Skins, Caps and Wizards. His favorite activities are golf and surfing.

About the research:
We included the following nurses credentials: Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners.

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ref: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-nurses/4041/

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