Registered 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

CIN Connections, Summer 2021: Caring and Sharing: Supporting the Primary Care Workforce

The California Improvement Network is a community of health care professionals committed to identifying and spreading better ideas for care...

The Association Between Scope of Practice Regulations and Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Buprenorphine After the 2016 Opioid Bill

This article examines the relationship between federal regulations, state scope-of-practice regulations on nurse practitioners (NPs), and...

California Healthcare Almanac: Nurses

Nursing is the single largest health profession in the state.

Policies Matter! Factors Contributing to Nursing Home Outbreaks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Between February 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began and August 2020, the nation has watched over 5.2 million individuals become infected and...

The Impact of Nurse Delegation Regulations on the Provision of Home Care Services: A Four-State Case Study

The objective of this study was to explore how home care workers and the agencies that employ them interact with their state’s nurse practice act...