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Nebraska Ranks 18th Among States for Nurses

Nebraska ranks 12th overall for best work environments for nurses. (MGDboston/Morguefile)
Nebraska ranks 12th overall for best work environments for nurses.
May 8, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Whether they're working in a hospital, physician's office or nursing home, Nebraska nurses can take comfort in knowing they're in one of the better states for their profession.

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, and a recent survey from finance website WalletHub ranked Nebraska 18th in the nation for nurses. Specifically, the Cornhusker State came in 12th for work environment for nurses. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said that's because the state has a high quality public hospital system.

"About 77 percent of patients would give their hospital a nine or 10 on a scale of zero through 10, and not many states can say that,” Gonzalez said. "So obviously the patients are happy. That makes for a good work environment for nurses."

The state received poor marks in the survey for "opportunity and competition," ranking 33rd overall. Nebraska recently joined several other states in passing a law to allow nurses to have mobility across state lines, which can improve access to care for patients and provide more job opportunities for nurses.

Gonzalez said another sore spot for Nebraska in the survey was mandatory overtime, since the state does not have a specific law to address overtime rules for employers.

"This is a job that they're signing up for but there has to be some type of limitation on how much they're overworked, how much these overtime restrictions can be placed onto their overall work balance,” she said.

Gonzalez said there are more than 30,000 professionally active nurses in the state. And during National Nurses Week, she encourages Nebraskans to say thanks to the nurses in their lives.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - NE