I built a matrix of factors that impact nurses’ lives to break down the top five states to work as a nurse. The elements we examined were: average salary, hourly pay, quality of life, staffing protections, employment competition, and demographic health status.
The average day shift nurse will walk 4-5 miles, burning over 1,400 calories in a 12-hour shift. To put it in perspective, restaurant servers walk 4 miles, custodians walk 5.2 miles, and retail floor staff walk 3 miles per shift. One might think that with all the walking that nurses do, they must be generally healthy; think again. Multiple studies have found that ~54% of nurses are either overweight or obese, those nurses citing job stress and poor sleep from long, irregular work hours as the cause.