Registered Nurses

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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

Breaking Barriers for Underrepresented Minorities in the Health Professions

In spite of the United States’ racial and ethnic diversity, the health care workforce remains predominately white, particularly in professions...

Solutions to Reduce Imminent Primary Care Shortage in California

California needs a comprehensive strategy for primary care workforce development to alleviate a statewide shortfall of primary care providers that...

More Nurses with Bachelor's Degrees Required to Meet Future Health Care Needs

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM, now part of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) released a report, “The Future of...

2017 Survey of Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives

This study of California nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) was conducted in early 2017.

New Survey Finds that California Needs More Highly Skilled and Experienced Nurses

As the registered nurse (RN) baby boomers retire, there is a need for more highly skilled and experienced nurses in California, according to a new...