Washington is the best state to work as a nurse and Oklahoma is the worst, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. [Becker's Health Review 5.3.2022]
To determine the best and worst states for nurses, analysts used 21 metrics to compare states across two dimensions: opportunity and competition, and work environment. Metrics include average annual salary for nurses, healthcare facilities per capita, mandatory overtime restrictions and nurses job growth. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, and states were ranked from highest overall score to lowest. Read more about the methodology here.
Here are the 10 best states to work as a nurse based on the analysis:
3. New Mexico
5. New Hampshire
9. Rhode Island
Here are the 10 worst states to work as a nurse based on the analysis:
8. South Carolina