A federal report on nursing workforce trends, a nationwide legislative push to change scope-of-practice laws for nurse practitioners, and a legal reminder about the management of healthcare workers with hepatitis B round out the week's news.
Recruiting, retaining, and managing nurses with finesse has never been more important. As a group, these healthcare workers are better educated and more politically active than ever before.
So the release last week of the Health Resources and Services Administration National Center for Health Workforce Analysis report is as timely as it is illuminating. The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education reports significant progress since 2001 in the expanding numbers and rising education level of the nation's nurses.
Here's a snapshot:
More nurses, and more educated nurses is better for healthcare and better for hiring managers. But this stat, an indicator of rising healthcare costs for this group of employees, may be of particular interest to employers: