RN vacancy rate (Medical-Surgical)
Nurses leave their positions for a variety of reasons, including to gain experience in other clinical service areas within the hospital or at another facility. Nursing vacancy occurs when a nurse leaves a position and the hospital has not yet hired another nurse for that position.
About This Measure
This measure is a rate that is based on a one-day snapshot of vacancies on medical-surgical units. A lower number may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
For this measure, a lower number is better.