MHA-ONL 2015 Nursing Survey Highlights

Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association


Organization of Nurse Leaders MA, RI, NH & CT
Survey of Hospital Nurse Staffing Issues in Massachusetts, 2015 Highlights


  • The vacancy rate for Registered Nurses (RNs) in all responding hospitals was 6.4 percent. Acute care hospitals also reported a 6.4 percent vacancy rate, and specialty hospitals reported a 5.2 percent rate.
  • The acute care hospital RN vacancy rate increased over the 2014 rate of 5.4 percent, and now stands 2.3 percentage points above the median rate of 4.1 percent for the 28 years of data collection. Vacant positions are covered by per diem nurses, staffing pools, on-call staff, overtime, and agency or traveler nurses.


2015 Nursing Survey Graph