The Relative Geographic Immobility Of New Registered Nurses Calls For New Strategies To Augment That Workforce

Little is known about registered nurses’ geographic mobility after they earn their first professional degree and become licensed to practice. Through a cross-sectional mailed survey of newly-licensed registered nurses in 15 states, the researchers found that 52.5 percent work within 40 miles of where they attended high school. Researcher’s analysis of Census Bureau data shows that next to teaching, nursing is one of the least mobile professions for women, for reasons that remain unclear.


Kovner, C.T., Corcoran, S.P., & Brewer, C.S.

Health Affairs, 30(12), 2293-2300.  doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0108

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