First Quarter 2017 RN Employment Data Now Available - Hospitals add roughly 26,000 RNs, slow down of young RNs, wage uptick and more... 

total fte q1 2017 During the first 3 months of 2017, the number of registered nurses (RNs) working as full-time equivalents (FTEs) in the United States stood at 3.3 million, essentially the same number of FTE RNs that where employed in the 4th quarter of    2016. These data include Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)...

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 2017 Data Brief Update: Current Trends of Men in Nursing

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Center investigators routinely updates information from prior data briefs posted on the Center’s website.  In this data brief, we update information on the number of RNs who are men, including employment, education, earnings and other information...

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Total employment growth of registered nurses (RNs) levels off in the 4th quarter of 2016 - Evidence of long-anticipated RN retirement

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Nursing workforce data from the 4th quarter of 2016 show that the number of full-time employee (FTE) registered nurses (RNs) decreased by about 48,000 since the 3rd quarter of 2016.  This reduction is only the second decrease in total RN employment during the past 10 quarters. The data includes Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)..

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Total employment of registered nurses (RNs) continues to increase steadily in the 3rd quarter of 2016

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Total employment of registered nurses (RNs) continued to increase at a brisk rate in the 3rd quarter of 2016.  Employment increased in both hospital and non-hospital settings.   Sharp increase in employment of younger age RNs   Source: Authors’ analysis of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Nursing workforce data from the 3rd quarter of 2016...
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First Quarter 2016 RN Employment Data Now Available

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Total employment of registered nurses (RNs) dipped during the 1st quarter of 2016 with no apparent surge in retirements The addition of new employment data from the Current Population Survey’s Basic Monthly files shows that during the first 3 months of 2016, total RN employment dropped by nearly 32,000, (measured in full-time equivalents or FTEs)....
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New: Fourth Quarter 2015 RN data show dip, overall 2015 growth

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February 24, 2016 - Despite a dip in Registered Nurse Employment in the Fourth Quarter, Overall Employment during 2015 Increased by Nearly 60,000 The addition of new employment data from the Current Population Survey’s Basic Monthly files shows the nation’s total full-time RN workforce decreased by nearly 37,000 FTEs in the 4th quarter of 2015.   Source:...
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Recent Trends and Characteristics of the Physician Assistant Workforce

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Note: This data brief was originally published on December 9th, 2015, including data through 2013. Soon after it was posted, 2014 data became available. Consequently, we have updated our report below. We have also included some additional detail on the data source used based on comments received after our initial publication. Related to this data...
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Recent Trends and Characteristics of the Physician Workforce

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October 21, 2015 – The following figures rely on data from the American Community Survey to track trends among physicians from 2003 to 2013. See the Technical notes for more details on the methodology. Fig1. Figure 1 ure shows steady growth in the physician workforce between 2003 and 2013 – roughly 20% over the period,...
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2015 Second Quarter Data Reveals Continued Increase in Hospital Employment and Stagnating Employment Growth Among Younger RNs

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October 5th, 2015 – The addition of new employment data for the 2nd quarter of 2015 obtained from the Current Population Survey’s Basic Monthly files shows the RN workforce again increasing toward 3 million FTE (2,916,000). However, the figure below shows that 2nd quarter employment continued to move in opposite directions when RNs were grouped...
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Employment of Medical Assistants in the US, 2010-2013

Vanderbilt University Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies Issue Brief no. 1 David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus, Douglas Staiger About this series: The Center will occasionally release peer-reviewed scholarly analyses in the form of Issue Briefs as part of our electronic research collection.  These pieces will often focus on a particular workforce segment, such as medical...
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2015 First Quarter Data Suggests RN Employment in Hospital and among Older RNs Remains Strong

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May 15, 2015: The addition of new employment data for the 1st quarter of 2015 obtained from the Current Population Survey’s Basic Monthly files shows that the total size of the RN workforce increased nearly 3,500 FTE RNs.  However, the nearby Figure shows that 1st quarter employment data moved in opposite directions when RNs were...
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Gender Pay Gap in Nursing

April 1, 2015: One might think that in a female dominated profession such as nursing, women would no longer earn less than men. However, this is not the case according to new research published in the March 24, 2015 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. In the study that is available here...
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2014 Fourth Quarter Data Reveal Declining Hospital RN Employment, Non-Hospital Employment Increased Rapidly


March 16, 2015: Using data from the Current Population Survey’s Basic Monthly files, the nearby Figure shows the latest quarterly data on FTE RN employment in hospitals and non-hospital settings.   The addition of new employment data on FTE RNs during the 4th quarter of 2014 shows that hospital employment continued to decrease, a trend that...
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Fall Rural Health Workforce Webinar Series – Participant Survey

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Please follow the link to our very brief survey to help us improve our webinars as we move into 2015. We look forward to your feedback and your participation! https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=7D8DAHNTET
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Spreading Like a Wildfire: Interprofessional Education, The Vanderbilt Experience

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Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN – November 20, 2014 This text is the full version of the post that appeared in the HealthAffairs Blog, November 20th, 2014 – click here to view that post. Well before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, efforts to expand interprofessional education (IPE) were beginning to change...
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Average RN Hours Continue to Increase and Part-Time RN Employment Continues to Decline

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Analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data shows that the average number of hours RNs are working has increased steadily from 1979 to 2013. Over the time period, the increase has amounted to roughly one additional hour for hospital-based RNs, but roughly 3 hours for those working in non-hospital settings. The increase in hours worked in...
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Current Trends of Men in Nursing

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Figure 1 : Number of Men working on a Full Time Equivalent Basis Continues to Increase   Analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data indicates the total number of male RNs continues to grow rapidly, with a sharp increase of about 70,000 male RNs from 2010 to 2013. This recent growth saw their representation in...
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Wages Remain Flat for RNs in Both Hospital & Non-Hospital Settings

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The latest analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data reveals that real wages (in 2013 dollars) for registered nurses (RNs) employed in both hospital and non-hospital settings continue to remain relatively flat, with RNs in the hospital setting continuing to earn approximately 10% more than their counterparts in other settings.  We observed strong wage increases...
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Number of Young RNs Remains High

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The latest Current Population Survey (CPS) data shows that the recent surge among young RNs continues to hold. The number of FTE RNs aged 23-26, a good indicator of interest in nursing as a profession, gradually declined from the peaks reached in the late 1970s with the baby boom cohorts. Numbering 200,000 in 1979, the...
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Proportion of Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals Falls Below 60% in 2013

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For many years, we have used data from Current Population Surveys (CPS) to identify employment characteristics of the nation’s registered nurses (RNs). Our analysis of 2013 CPS data shows that, for the first time since we began recording this data in 1979, the proportion of RNs employed on a full-time-equivalent (FTE) basis in hospitals dropped...
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