States That Make the Best and Worst List for Nursing

The nursing industry is expected to grow far faster than the average occupation through 2022, making nurses one of the most in demand professions in the country. That demand begs a simple question: where should you work? Finance site WalletHub decided to take a deeper look into in this ever-growing industry and ranked the best and worst states for nurses.

Washington moved up one place to claim the number one ranking for 2015, followed by Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas round out the top five. Oregon, which ranked first, last year, fell to number fifteen. Meanwhile, Louisiana replaced last year’s worst state for nurses, Mississippi, which rose slightly to place 46th overall. 

The rankings are based on 15 metrics and organized into two categories: Opportunity and competition and work environment.  WalletHub considered trends both short-and long-term related to the employment opportunities that exist in each state, the quality of available nursing jobs, the amount of current and projected local competition, and the nature of the workplace environments in which nurses operate.

The report also asked several industry experts about what they felt are some of the biggest issues facing nurses today. Lori Lioce, Clinical Associate Professor at University of Alabama Huntsville College of Nursing believes those issues go beyond workload, “ Workload and artificial barriers put in place which ultimately prevent nurses at all levels from practicing at their full scope of practice. Also, not being included at the decision making tables.”

You can see how each state ranks here and read what more industry experts have to say about the future of nursing.