2017’s Best & Worst States for Nurses
From WalletHub, May 3, 2017
Like most segments of the economy, the nursing industry is in a state of significant transition under the weight of major socioeconomic dynamics — from the aging U.S. population to the student-loan crisis to concerns about the future of key entitlement programs. But such concerns are not unique among recent graduates, regardless of industry.
More specific to nursing professionals are the various day-to-day demands placed on them, such as mandatory overtime, overstaffing, unionization and allegations of systemic disrespect. Despite those challenges, however, aspiring nurses have much to look forward to upon certification. Nursing occupations are some of the most lucrative careers with the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. In fact, the industry is expected to grow at more than double the rate of the average occupation through 2024.
With such bright projections, WalletHub’s analysts took stock of the nursing industry to help registered nurses, particularly the newly minted of the bunch, lay down roots in areas that are conducive to both personal and professional success. They did so by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics that collectively speak to the nursing-job opportunities in each market. Below, you can check out their findings, expert commentary on the state of the nursing industry as well as the methodology used to conduct this report.
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- Overall Rank -- 50th
- Raw Score – 36.18
- Opportunity and Competition – 50th
- Work Environment – 39th
- Avg Annual Wage for Nurses (adj for cost of living) – 51st
- Nursing Job Openings Per Capita -- 48th
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