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March 01, 2024

Projecting the Future Registered Nurse Workforce After the COVID-19 Pandemic

After seeing a drop in the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce in 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a recent study by JAMA Health Forum shows a rebound of RNs joining or returning to the workforce. Growth of the RN population younger than 35 years of age (8.2%) more than doubled the growth of the RN population older than 50 years of age (3.5%). Workforce growth was particularly noted among males, unmarried RNs, advanced practice RNs, and “nurses working outside of hospital settings.”. Robust growth in nursing is forecasted to continue, but demand for nursing labor may change due to new care models and challenges in staffing. 

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