As Lite 98.7 celebrates the contributions of nurses with acknowledgments and prize packages on the Beth & Dave morning show, and as we head into National Nurses Week, culminating with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12th), the founder of modern nursing, it's a good time to pull back and take a wider snapshot.

WalletHub has published the results of a study called 2018's Best & Worst States for Nurses. They've uncovered some interesting truths and tendencies about the nursing industry, including the best places for a career in nursing, and such factors as opportunity, competition and workplace environment. The Empire State did not fare well.

New York came up seventh-worst overall and 48th out of 51 markets (the 50 states plus Washington, DC) when it comes to work environment.

The WalletHub study measured a lot of factors, including some of these key metrics:

  • Average Annual Salary for Nurses
  • Health-Care Facilities per Capita
  • Projected Share of Elderly Population in 2030
  • Quality of Nursing Schools
  • Nursing-Job Openings per Capita
  • Projected Competition in 2024
  • Nurses Job Growth (2017 vs 2013): Double Weight (~5.45 Points)
  • Share of Best Nursing Homes
  • Quality of Public Hospital System
  • Friendliness Toward Working Moms
    (Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms ranking.)

For you Central New York nurses or nursing students seeking the best places to work, if you're willing to relocate, the state of Maine is #1, followed by Montana and Washington state.

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