In the newly licensed registered nurses, rural nurses and those living in small towns had significantly longer average commute times. Young married RNs and RNs with children also tended to have longer commute times, as did RNs employed by hospitals. The findings indicate that travel time to work varies significantly across locale types. Further research is needed to understand whether and to what extent lengthy commute times impact RN workforce needs in rural and urban areas.
Rosenberg, MC., Corcoran, S.P., Kovner, C., & Brewer, C.
Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 12(1), 46-54. doi: 10.1177/1527154411411926