Understanding the supply, distribution, and educational pipeline of nurses is key to designing programs and policies that will ensure access to care and an effective health care system.
Growth of the U.S. nursing workforce has outpaced growth of the population over the past decade.
Learn more: NCHWA's Nursing Workforce Research Activities and Findings (PDF - 397 KB) slides presented 05/14/2013
The Nursing Health Workforce Model is a web application that allows individuals to examine the future supply of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in relation to the demand for their services, and to explore alternative scenarios by modifying key parameters such as graduation rates, attrition and retirement rates of nurses that fit local conditions.
Users can upload data into the model and use the results as a planning tool for recruitment and retention of the future nursing workforce. The application will also help users better understand the future supply of and demand for nurses at the national and state levels. To access the tool, users must register and create an account.
The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education (revised 10/2013)
National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners 2012 (05/09/2013)
National Sample Surveys of Registered Nurses
Nursing Education in Five States (PDF - 625 KB) 2005
Supply, Demand, and Use of Licensed Practical Nurses (PDF - 1 MB) 11/2004
Behavioral and Mental Health Projections (Summer 2016)