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

How Collaborative Practice Agreements Impede the Provision of Vital Behavioral Health Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed issues relating to Scope of Practice (SOP) regulations and restrictions on Nurse Practitioner (NP) practice to...

Forecasts of the Registered Nurse Workforce in California

This report presents supply and demand forecasts for the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce in California from 2019 through 2035.

Modernizing Scope-of-Practice Regulations — Time to Prioritize Patients

Ongoing payment reforms are pressing health systems to reorganize delivery of care to achieve greater value, improve access, integrate patient...

Admission of First Generation to College Pre-Licensure Master's Entry and Graduate Nursing Students

A growing body of literature is examining the relationships between socio-demographic factors influencing recruitment and retention of students in...

Leveraging the State Budget to Implement California Future Health Workforce Commission Recommendations

This report describes provisions of California’s state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 that either directly fund the California Future Health...