Nurses Up the Hiring Ante
A federal report on nursing workforce trends, a nationwide legislative push to change scope-of-practice laws for nurse practitioners, and a legal reminder about the management of healthcare workers with hepatitis B round out the week's news.
Recruiting, retaining, and managing nurses with finesse has never been more important. As a group, these healthcare workers are better educated and more politically active than ever before.
So the release last week of the Health Resources and Services Administration National Center for Health Workforce Analysis report is as timely as it is illuminating. The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education reports significant progress since 2001 in the expanding numbers and rising education level of the nation's nurses.
Here's a snapshot:
- 500,000 nurses are expected to retire by 2020;
- 1.2 million nurses are needed to fill their void;
- The number of registered nurses has grown 24%;
- LPNs have increased by 14%;
- More than twice the amount of nursing school graduates in 2011 passed the national licensure (NCLEX-RN) examination than did a decade ago
More nurses, and more educated nurses is better for healthcare and better for hiring managers. But this stat, an indicator of rising healthcare costs for this group of employees, may be of particular interest to employers:
- The average age of nurses has increased slightly, and about one-third of the nursing workforce is older than 50
- CEO Exchange: Preparing for Population Health
- Advocate, NorthShore Deal Would Create 16-Hospital System
- Interventional Radiology No Longer a Sub-Specialty
- Top Reason for Nurse Turnover: Managers
- CEO Exchange: Pressure is On to Partner, Drive Quality
- Power of price: In South FL and the nation, healthcare costs often are shrouded in secrecy
- Two NY hospitals to offer free hip and knee replacement surgeries for qualifying patients in December
- Hospital mergers may lead to higher prices
- Healthcare data of 1 million NJ patients compromised since 2009
- 3 Strategies for Retaining Millennial Employees