2015 Survey of Registered Nurses

February 24, 2016


2015 RN Survey CoverThe healthcare industry continues to face complex challenges, including staffing shortages, as the gap between healthcare openings and hires expands. One profession that will be hit particularly hard is nursing. According to the 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses: Viewpoints on Retirement, Education and Emerging Roles, the answers of nearly 9,000 Registered Nurses show that a wave of retirements among older nurses will hit in the next few years, leaving younger, less experienced nurses to fill their roles.

How will this affect the healthcare industry as a whole? In addition to an overall impact to the nursing supply, when these seasoned nurses retire or shift to part-time work, they will take with them their wisdom from years of experience, which could affect a healthcare facility’s performance, productivity and overall nursing workforce effectiveness.

By 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 1,088,400 Registered Nurse jobs to fill. This increase is largely driven by the aging population and more people with health insurance coverage, resulting in a higher demand for healthcare services. Hiring quality healthcare professionals to fill these jobs, as well as optimizing clinical staff, will be a huge challenge in the healthcare industry.

Download a complimentary copy of the 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses: Viewpoints on Retirement, Education and Emerging Roles, to find out more about the impending changes to the nursing profession, including:

  • When the wave of retirements among baby boomer nurses is likely to hit
  • A strong interest in higher education for younger nurses
  • Why nurses love their career choice, but have mixed feelings about their job