Fast Facts from ANA estimates the need for 1.13 million new nurses between 2012 and 2022. The needs cover both new jobs (nearly 600,000) and retirements. It also shows workforce salaries. Published 2014 by the American Nurses Association.
Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, to recognize heath care organizations that provide nursing excellence. As of November 2019 there were over 500 US Magnet hospitals or international: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Easiest to view on a map. Can also download the complete list in Excel format.
Learn about Nurse Fatigue in this study of Critical Care nurses. Article by Scott, Rogers, et al, was published in the American Journal of Critical Care, 2006. It led researchers to support the Institute of Medicine recommendations to minimize the use of 12-hour shifts and to limit nurses’ work hours to no more than 12 consecutive hours during a 24-hour period. Title: “Effects of Critical Care Nurses’ Work Hours on Vigilance and Patients’ Safety”
Wisdom at Work report on the importance of retaining older and experienced nurses in the workplace, and strategies for nurse retention. Discusses the projected shortage of nurses. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation white paper, July 2010
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) states that despite a significant growth in the number of RNs between 2016 and 2026, there will still be a shortage of more than 200,000. Most recent studies of nursing enrollment show that U.S. nursing schools turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants due to faculty shortages, clinical sites, budget constraints and the like. Fact sheet updated 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows average salary / wages for hospital RNs ($77,670/year), and other healthcare occupations. Scroll to Table, and sort by Employment to see the largest categories of employees. Average salary for Physicians and Dentists also listed. National employment data updated May 2018
Find a summary of findings from the RN National Survey of 2018, by HRSA. Report describes characteristics of the nearly 4 million licensed RNs in US: RN age (average 50 years), median full-time salary of $73,929, just under $40,000 for a part-time nurse. About 19% of RNs had a master’s or doctorate degree. Survey response rate was 50% (over 50,000 responses). Findings of the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses 2018 published in 2019. The full survey findings are expected to be published later, with more information on average hours worked, educational background, advance practice nurses including nurse practitioner & CNS, foreign-educated nurses and ethnic distribution, employment setting, telehealth and more.
Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert on fatigue addresses the impact and risks of healthcare workers’ inadequate sleep and extended work hours on patient care. It is a major hospital workforce concern. Prepared by The Joint Commission, an accrediting body of hospitals and other healthcare organizations, 2011, updated May 2018.
Nurses top the list of highly rated healthcare professionals, according to this annual Gallup poll. In the latest poll, reported in January 2020, 85% of Americans say nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are “very high” or “high.” Ratings of nurses were almost 20 points higher than the next best professionals: engineers (rated high or very high by 66%). Also in the top five, were health professionals medical doctors (65%), pharmacists (64%) and dentists (61%). Hands down, nurses are seen as highly trustworthy. In general, key healthcare staff rate well for honesty and ethical behavior. At the bottom of the list were car and insurance salespeople, as well as Senators and Members of Congress.
Wisconsin Hospital Association infographic and full 36-page report shows the average hospital vacancy rate in 2017 for CNAs was about 10%. Additional info about workforce age, career paths, RNs, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Surgical Techs, LPNs, CRNAs, respiratory therapists and more. Visit the Workforce section at the bottom of the page. Published December 2018.