In addition to being an excellent location to take a Travel Nursing assignment, folks in Alaska led the nation in well-being in 2014.
That’s according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. (And we all know Gallup knows its stuff — having conducted an Honesty and Ethics poll, which named nursing the most honest, ethical profession for the 13th-year running in 2014!)
The top 10 happiest states in the U.S., meaning the states with the highest Well-Being Index score in 2014 are:
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
“These state-level data are based on more than 176,000 interviews with U.S. adults across all 50 states, conducted from January to December 2014,” according to Gallup.com.
According to the website, the scores consider metrics affecting overall well-being, in addition to the following five aspects of well-being:
- Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
Gallup’s findings have implications from a healthcare perspective, too. Previous research has shown that “high well-being closely relates to key health outcomes such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, workplace absenteeism and workplace performance, change in obesity status and new onset disease burden.”
From a Travel Nurses’ perspective there are a couple of ways to look at this data. First, you may want to take a Travel Nurse assignment in one of the top 10 states — where you’d be surrounded by happier, healthier folks. Or, second, you may want to take an assignment in a bottom 10 state — where your nursing skills can make an even bigger impact upon a population in need.
The good news — for the happiest states in the U.S. and even for states placing in the bottom 10 — is that since measurements began in 2008, factors related to well-being have improved nationwide to an all-time high in 2014.
Regardless of where Gallup-Healthways ranks them in terms of the happiest states in the U.S., there are SO many amazing places to try Travel Nursing in the United States … Go ahead, find your dream job now!