Nursing

Web site spotlight: Nursing workforce getting more diverse, older

Nurse Leader Insider, May 3, 2010

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An extensive federal survey of nursing trends from 2004 to 2008 shows a growing diversity of backgrounds in an increasing registered nurse workforce.

The report—The Registered Nurse Population: Initial Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses—also reveals a trend of more highly educated, male, and foreign-trained nurses.

The trends, however, showed dramatic increases among older registered nurses, prompting concerns from officials about retirements impeding the growth of the nursing workforce.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, released the report this month. Published every four years by HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions, the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses is what officials describe as the pre-eminent source of statistics on trends over time for the nation's largest health profession.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit “Nursing workforce getting more diverse, older” found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

 

Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article about suicide risk assessment and its place in patient safety and the survey or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



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