This report provides baseline workforce data and is created in collaboration between the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. The most recent April 2021 Survey Report can be found at WWW.journalofnursingregulation.com
The Report highlights the demographics of RNS an LPNs across the nation.
As you know, data without context, benchmarking and discussion & debrief with “intimate” stakeholders may not paint an accurate picture.
Although this report is a very robust reflection of employment of nurses across the country, the items included in the minimum data set for supply were created for the purposes of licensing and regulation and not truly designed to capture the nuances of an ever-changing nursing workforce.
Many forecasting models used to project demand and future supply are based on employment patterns in the past. You know better than I… that this no longer holds true, Nurses do not get hired by one institution right out of school and spend their entire careers with that employer. They move constantly and cause what is now termed as “The Churn” . Researchers are still trying to get a hold of this phenomena and incorporate it into new forecasting models to better align our supply projections.