Study: Hawaii is the 2nd worst state for nurses

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According to a recently released study, Hawaii is one of the worst U.S. states to be a nurse.

With National Nurses Week kicking off Wednesday and the nursing industry expected to grow faster than any other occupation through 2022, the personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States for Nurses.

WalletHub analyzed the attractiveness of each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics. The analysis’ data set includes such metrics as the monthly median starting salary for nurses, the number of health care facilities per capita and nursing job openings per capita.

The breakdown for nurses who work in the islands:Working & Living as a Nurse in Hawaii (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 50th – Monthly Median Starting Salary for Nurses, Adjusted for Cost of Living
  • 49th – Number of Health Care Facilities per Capita
  • 47th – Nursing Job Openings per Capita
  • 51st – Average Annual Salary for Nurses, Adjusted for Cost of Living
  • 25th – Average Number of Hours Worked
  • 41st – Average Commute Time

Hawaii is ranked second to the last. The bottom five states are New Jersey, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii and Louisiana. The top five states, according to the analysis, are Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas.

Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Missouri Economic Research & Information Center,, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. News & World Report, The American Nurses Association and WalletHub research.

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