When workers commute a long way to a job it costs them time and money and they may be less likely to remain at the job.
To determine how commuting time varies for registered nurses (RNs) in various settings these investigators examined two data sources: Census data on 105,000 RNs and a survey of newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs).
They computed average communing times for RNs living in urban, suburban, small town and rural settings. For NLRNs they calculated the distance between their home and primary place of employment using zip codes.
For working RNs, the mean self-reported time to travel to work was 25 minutes, comparable to other professional workers and those in other health professions. RNs in small towns had the highest average commute time (25.9 minutes) and those in rural areas the shortest (24 minutes).
The majority of NLRNs resided in metropolitan areas (82.1%), with fewer in suburban (10.4%) and small town or rural areas (5.9%). The difference in travel time, however, was striking for NLRNs and ranged from 20.4 minutes (metropolitan) to 55 minutes (small town and rural).
In general, RNs in hospitals had longer commutes than those working in nursing homes and other settings.
- 1. Newly Licensed RNs' Characteristics, Work Attitudes, and Intentions to Work
- 2. Addressing the Complexities of Survey Research
- 3. A Comparison of Second-Degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-Baccalaureate New Graduate RNs
- 4. Understanding New Registered Nurses' Intent to Stay at Their Jobs
- 5. The Nursing Career Process from Application Through the First 2 Years of Employment
- 6. What Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Have to Say about Their First Experiences
- 7. Moving on, Up, or Out
- 8. New Nurses Views of Quality Improvement Education
- 9. Newly Licensed RNs Describe What They Like Best about Being a Nurse
- 10. Early Career RNs' Perceptions of Quality Care in the Hospital Setting
- 11. Commuting to Work
- 12. Work Environment Factors Other Than Staffing Associated with Nurses' Ratings of Patient Care Quality
- 13. The Relative Geographic Immobility of New Registered Nurses Calls for New Strategies to Augment that Workforce
- 14. Predictors of Actual Turnover in a National Sample of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals
- 15. Charting the Course for Nurses' Achievement of Higher Education Levels
- 16. Verbal Abuse From Nurse Colleagues and Work Environment of Early Career Registered Nurses
- 17. Early-Career Registered Nurses' Participation in Hospital Quality Improvement Activities
- 18. Positive Work Environments of Early-Career Registered Nurses and the Correlation with Physician Verbal Abuse