Good news for the 123 students who will earn their nursing degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this month — a new report ranks Wisconsin and Minnesota among the best states in the nation for people working in the nursing field.
WalletHub did an analysis to determine which states are best for nurses using factors such as the number of nurses per capita, number of job openings, average annual salary, number of health care facilities and the average number of hours worked.
"We know that the demand for nurses here and elsewhere are expected to grow faster than any other profession in the next decade," said Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire. "We also know that many of our graduates will begin their nursing careers close to home, with most staying in Wisconsin or Minnesota. So we're pleased to see these states rank among the best in the nation for nurses."
In the report, Minnesota ranks third and Wisconsin fourth overall in terms of best states for nursing. Both states did particularly well in the work environment ranking portion of the study, with Minnesota No. 1 and Wisconsin No. 4. That portion of the study considered factors such as mandatory overtime, average number of hours worked, and commute time.
This spring, there are 102 students earning bachelor's degrees and four earning master's degrees in nursing at UW-Eau Claire. There also are 17 students earning their doctor of nursing practice degrees from the university during the May 23 commencement ceremony.
National Nurses Week runs May 6-12, a weeklong celebration of the role that nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients.