Survey of Nurse Employers in California, Fall 2015


Tim Bates, Lela Chu and Joanne Spetz

May 16, 2016

This study, which summarizes findings from a survey of general acute care hospital employers, was conducted in collaboration with the Hospital Association of Southern California and HealthImpact. This is the sixth annual survey of hospital registered nurse (RN) employers, and the survey results indicate continuing improvement in labor market conditions for registered nurses in California. For example, 40 percent of hospitals reported a perception of high demand for RNs, which more than doubled in each of the past two survey years. There is, however, a divide between new RN graduates vs. experienced RNs, though there are signs of improvement for demand for new graduates in some parts of the state.