10 states with best, worst staff turnover rates in nursing homes

Washington, D.C., has the lowest nurse turnover rate for nursing homes while Montana has the highest, according to CMS data.

CMS collected averages for each state and territory, including quality measures, staffing, fines and hospitalizations. Becker's analyzed the data to find the best and worst states for nurse turnover rates.

The national turnover average is 53.5 percent for nurses and 0.8 percent for administrators. Here are the states with the lowest and highest turnover rates for nurses:

Lowest turnover rates

Washington, D.C.: 40.6 percent

Connecticut: 41.9 percent

Hawaii: 42.3 percent

New York: 43.7 percent

California: 46.1  percent

Delaware: 47.7 percent

Massachusetts: 48.2 percent

Rhode Island: 49.1 percent

New Jersey: 49.2 percent

Maryland: 49.4 percent


Highest turnover rates

Montana: 62.6 percent

Vermont: 61.6 percent

New Mexico: 61.1 percent

Missouri: 60.7 percent

Oklahoma: 60.4 percent

Utah: 60.4 percent

Colorado: 60.2 percent

Texas: 59.2 percent

Ohio: 58.1 percent

Virginia: 57.5 percent

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