A new survey that was just released from 2008 shows that our nursing shortage and our workforce are ‘for the moment’ stabilizing.
Taking this poll with a grain of salt and keeping in mind this was 2 years ago – it is encouraging to know our profession is making a great attempt at meeting the demands of the approaching shortage.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The U.S. has more licensed registered nurses (RNs) than ever (an estimated 3,063,163 – a 5.3 percent increase since the last survey in 2004)
- One-third (33.7 percent) of RNs beginning their careers did so with a bachelor’s degree, up from 31 percent in 2004 and twice as many as in 1980.
- Although the number of RNs younger than 40 dropped steadily between 1980 and 2004, there was an increase in 2008 and they now comprise 29.5 percent of all RNs
Read the rest of the report here: 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses