Nurses

 A male registered nurse in scrubs walking down a room in a hospital.

Healthforce Center is a leading source of research insights into the nursing workforce. For more than two decades we have conducted studies and surveys of the nursing workforce, including supply and demand, training requirements, nurse specialties and scope of practice regulations. 

Surveys and Demographic Data in Nursing

Healthforce Center researchers have conducted numerous surveys and studies of advanced practice registered nurses, including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists. This research has examined:

  • The impact of state scope-of-practice regulations on the savings achieved by retail clinics, the availability of nurse practitioners to care for vulnerable populations
  • Nurse practitioner and nurse midwife use of health information technology
  • The factors that affect rural nurse practitioners including job satisfaction and intention to remain in rural areas

Why is nursing leadership important? As the health care system continues to undergo rapid change, the nature of nurses’ roles are changing as well.

Publications

Climate Change, Public Health, Health Policy, and Nurses' Training

There are few educational programs in the United States that have a primary focus on preparing nurses to engage in all levels of public health,...

2020-2021 Annual School Report: Data Summary for Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs

The 2020-21 Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) School Survey was based on prior BRN surveys and modified based on recommendations from the Nursing...

Psychometric Properties of the Perinatal Missed Care Survey and Missed Care During Labor and Birth

Kalisch and colleagues developed one of the reliable and valid measures of missed nursing care, the MISSCARE survey, which has been used...

Lower Wages of Nurses in Long-Term Care: Does Racial and Ethnic Diversity Explain the Difference?

Registered nurses (RNs) are a key component of the long-term care (LTC) workforce and prior research demonstrates their importance to ensuring...

Managing the Tension Between Caring and Charting: Labor and Delivery Nurses' Experiences of the Electronic Health Record

Over a decade following the nationwide push to implement electronic health records (EHRs), the focus has shifted to addressing the cognitive...