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

Comparing Forecasts of Registered Nurse Supply and Demand for California

Projections of future supply and demand for registered nurses (RNs) have been published by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) since...

The Association of Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Laws With Emergency Department Use

Overuse and inappropriate use of emergency departments (EDs) remains an important issue within the US health care system, as an estimated 37% of...

CIN Toolkit: Three Strategies to Help Primary Care Teams Treat Substance Use Disorders

This document is a guide for primary care organizations and care teams working to integrate substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services.

Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Physicians in Low-Income and Rural Areas, 2010-2016

Nurse practitioners (NPs) constitute the largest and fastest growing group of nonphysician primary care clinicians.