The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education

A new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education, presents data on the supply, distribution, and educational pipeline of nurses. This report analyzes data from a variety of sources to present recent trends and the current status of the registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) workforces.

Key findings:

  • Between 2008 and 2010, there were 2.8 million RNs and almost 700,000 LPNs working or seeking employment in the field of nursing.
  • In the past decade, the RN nursing workforce has increased by 24%.
  • Growth in the nursing workforce outpaced U.S. population growth. The number of RNs per 100,000 population (per capita) increased by 14%.
  • 55% of RNs holds a bachelor's degree or higher.

To view the complete report, click here.

The lead author, Dr. Jen Nooney, is scheduled to present the findings of this report during a webinar on May 14, 2013, at 2 PM ET. Webinar details can be found here.