HRSA Study Finds Nursing Workforce is Growing
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently presented a report showing that the nursing workforce increased by more than 5% between 2004 and 2008. Significant growth was noted in the youngest population of nurses as well as in the diversity of the nursing workforce.
“The growth in the numbers and diversity of registered nurses is a positive sign of moving in the right direction, and HRSA remains committed to ensuring an adequate supply and distribution of nurses in the future,” said HRSA Administrator and nurse Dr. Mary K. Wakefield.
ONS joins HRSA in addressing the nursing shortage, which is still expected to grow, along with nursing faculty shortages. ONS continues to advocate for measures to address the nursing shortage including improvements in the work environment, education of nurses, and public policy to address the ongoing trends.