Nursing Shortage by State: 2022 Stats & Solutions - Nightingale College (2023)

Why are nurses in high demand? Is there a nursing shortage affecting us? How does it impact health care? These are questions that anyone in the health ecosystem ponders about. For many medical professionals, institutions, and researchers, it’s years we’re talking about. And the findings or answers are as complex and important as the questions themselves.

Nursing has always been associated more with a vocation rather than a profession. But it has evolved so much that, right now, nurses represent nearly 50% of the health workforce and are crucial to the entire health care industry in the United States.

Let’s find out which U.S. states suffer the most, what are the causes, and what are the solutions.

According to the American Nurses Association, nurses are going to be in high demand for a while, with more jobs available through 2022 than any other profession in the U.S. Moreover, The World Health Organization reported that there are about 29 million nurses and midwives in the world, with 3.9 million in the US and more than one million additional RNs needed by next year.

So, yes, being a nurse is both a wonderful calling and one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S., according to BLS Employment Projections for 2018-2028.

At first sight, the predictions are encouraging (at least for potential nursing learners). However, the healthcare system faces rather multifaceted problems that need to be addressed promptly in order to stop the nursing shortage from worsening.

Although BLS statistics suggest continued growth in employment, health professionals, administrations, and communities must tackle all the contributing factors relating to the nursing shortage to actually meet these projections.

Especially since, on a larger scale, the bigger problem is “the inequitable distribution of the nursing workforce across the United States”. As the Supply and Demand Projections for the Nursing Workforce: 2014-2030 highlighted, the nursing workforce makes a greater problem with distribution across states than proportion at the national level.

What are the factors that led to such high demand for nurse professionals, which states have the highest shortage of registered nurses, and what are the solutions and efforts to address it?

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Why Is There a Nursing Shortage in the U.S.?

All in all, it is a promising time for any aspiring nurse, but also for professionals aiming for key positions in education, administrative, and management fields, due to the retiring of experienced nurses.

The RN workforce in the U.S. is estimated to grow by 28%, from approximately 2.8 million to 3.6 million in 2030, needing over 200,000 RNs annually to replace the retiring generation, as the HRSA projections show.

Even if most U.S. states keep up with the demand, there are some regions, such as the southern and western parts of the nation, that are expected to face higher shortages of registered nurses.

Since the average patient is older and requires complex care needs, the nursing team needs to be larger and well-trained for challenging settings, more difficult patients, higher standards, and new technologies.

But the list of factors contributing to the nursing shortage is much more extended:

  • The aging population that changes demographics: As people grow older, the demand for complex care grows (especially for various chronic conditions). At the same time, the number of Americans aged 65+ will almost double by 2050.
  • The retirement of more than 1 million nurses by 2030 (according to the HRSA study in 2017). This process challenges the healthcare industry with over 50% of RNs aged 50 and older (the average age of RNs is 51), according to the National Nursing Workforce Study, while the number of nurses leaving the workforce has doubled since 2010, according to the health care economist David Auerbach’s study.
  • Nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to meet the projected demand for RN and APRN services, and the health care industry needs more nurse educators, researchers, primary care providers.
  • The nursing faculty shortage directly affects the number of future nurses and RNs enrolled each year. According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ report on Enrollment and Graduations in Nursing, more than 75,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs were turned away in 2018, due to faculty shortage and not enough clinical sites, classroom space, and budget.
  • Burnout and stress level for nurses due to insufficient staffing impacts job satisfaction, forcing many RNs to change or leave this profession. There is a large amount of data-backed studies that show how enhancing nursing skills (through higher education), empowering RNs, and balancing the patient ratio has been linked to better patient outcomes, fewer medical errors, and lower patient mortality rates. And, of course, lower nursing shortages.

When Did the Nursing Shortage Begin?

Registered nurses are a major segment of the essential personnel in the health care system. As a result, the lack of enough professionals has deeply affected hospitals since 1998.

Though, it’s not the first time such deficit appeared – since the mid-1930s, this phenomenon has persisted due to social, economic, technological or historical reasons (especially during wars), and have been addressed in various ways: better salaries, improved or modern medical settings, funding and speeding up nurse education, and other similar strategies.

Even though there is a way larger number of active registered nurses today, it’s the demand that has critically increased. And when you put together all the pieces of the puzzle – rising demand for nurses, high numbers of retiring professionals, a severe shortage of nurse faculty educators, growing patient needs that are getting harder and harder to be met by an overly stressed staff – what you get is far from a reassuring picture of the American healthcare system.

Because nursing shortage deeply varies by region and demographics, let’s take a look at which states need nurses the most then analyze the impact and potential solutions.

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Nursing Shortage by State: Which Regions Suffer the Most?

It’s interesting to notice how almost four million registered nurses are so differently dispersed throughout the U.S. There are areas where there is actually a surplus of RNs, and there are cities where the job growth is so high because the number of nurses there can barely ensure basic medical needs for the community.

We can see big differences in nursing specialities as well, with many states needing more critical care and labor and delivery nurses. But in general, there is a growing need for RNs and APRNs in areas with high retirement populations.

What states have a shortage of nurses?

According to the comprehensive Supply and Demand Projections of the Nursing Workforce: 2014-2030 report issued in August 2018, there are major differences across states regarding the projected number of RNs for 2030 (the numbers are calculated for full-time equivalent).

At the top of the list of states projected to have the highest nursing shortage in 2030 is California (facing an estimated deficit of 44,500 RNs), which is nearly three times the deficit in the next several states suffering from a shortage: Texas (projected deficit of 15,900), New Jersey (projected deficit of 11,400) and South Carolina (projected nurse deficit of 10,400).

At the opposite pole, among the states with the lowest nursing shortage are Florida, with an estimated surplus of 53,700 RNs for 2030, followed by Ohio (estimated surplus of 49,100 RNs), Virginia (estimated surplus of 22,700 RNs) and New York (with 18,200 extra nurses in 2030).

Below you will find an alphabetical list that shows the projected supply and demand for registered nurses through 2030.

It is important to note that the study made the 2030 projections with the assumption that each state’s supply and demand were equal in 2014.

Projected Nursing Shortage by State (2030)


In the South region, Alabama is projected to have a supply of 85,100 registered nurses to cover a demand of 79,800 – thus, there won’t be a shortage, but rather a surplus of 5,300 RNs by 2030.


The projected demand for 23,800 would be covered by only 18,400 nurses, so the nursing shortage in Alaska by 2030 would be of 5,400 RNs.


This Western state is projected to have a surplus of 1,200 nurses, with a supply of 99,900 and a demand of 98,700 RNs by 2030.


In this Southern part, we’ll see a surplus of 9,800 RNs, due to the projected 32,300 nurse demand that would be covered by a supply of 42,100 professionals by 2030.


The state of California will face the highest nursing shortage by 2030, according to national reports, with 44,500 RNs needed. The projected demand for 387,900 professionals will not get covered by the 343,400 nurses estimated to be on the market by then.


In this Western state, there will be a surplus of 9,300 nurses by 2030. The projections show a supply of 72,500 nurses to cover the estimated 63,200 RN positions.


The projections show a demand for 40,000 that would be covered by 43,500 nurses, so here will see a nursing surplus of 3,500 RNs by 2030.


This state will face a 12,800 nurse demand that would be covered by a supply of 14,000 by 2030, leaving a surplus of 1,200 nurses.

District of Columbia

There are notable differences here. With a demand of only 2,300 registered nurses, but a supply of 8,800 in the District of Columbia, there would be a surplus of 6,500 RNs by 2030.


Another famous Southern state that will see a major surplus of RNs is Florida. With demand for 240,000 and supply of 293,000, the estimated number is about 53,700 extra nurses by 2030.


In Georgia, we will see a nurse shortage of 2,200 by 2030, due to the difference between a 98,800 supply and a higher demand for 101,000 nurses.


It seems that, for Hawaii, as well, the nursing projections look optimistic. The demand for 16,500 professionals will be easily covered by the 19,800 on the job market in 2030, leaving a surplus of 3,300 RNs.


Also, in Idaho, there will be 3,600 extra nurses by 2030. The supply of 18,900 registered nurses would cover the demand for 15,300 professionals needed.


The Midwestern state will have a 143,000 nurse supply that could cover the demand for 139,400. That is why Illinois will potentially have a surplus of 3,600 nurses by 2030.


Another U.S. state in the Midwest region that will see a surplus is Indiana, with 14,000 extra nurses by 2030. That is because of the projected supply of 89,300 nurses should cover the demand for 75,300 RNs.


Iowa will have 14,000 extra nurses by 2030. The projected supply of 35,300 nurses should be covered by 45,400 RNs.


We find another big surplus of 12,600 nurses by 2030 in Kansas, where the projections show demand for 34,900 registered nurses, but a supply of 47,500 to cover it.


In the South, we will see a surplus of 10,500 registered nurses by 2030. The projections show a demand for 53,700 RNs and supply of 64,200 in Kentucky.


In the same region, Louisiana would face a demand for 49,700 nurses, but a supply of 52,000, so there is no projected nursing shortage here for 2030. On the contrary, there seem to be 2,300 extra nurses in the next decade.


The projections show a demand for 16,500 that would be covered by 21,200 nurses, so there will be a nursing surplus of 4,700 RNs by 2030.


Another Southern state that will actually have extra nurses by 2030 is Maryland, with a surplus of 12,100 professionals. This is due to the projected demand of 73,900 nurses and a supply of 86,000 in the area.


The projections show demand for 89,300 by 2030, which would be covered by 91,300 nurses, so Massachusetts would see a nursing surplus of 2,000 RNs.


For this state, the projected supply of 110,500 nurses would cover the demand of 104,400 professionals by 2030, with 6,100 extra nurses estimated in ten years.


Another small, but important surplus will be in Minnesota, with 3,100 extra nurses. The demand of 68,700 nurses would be covered by 71,800 RNs by 2030.


This U.S. state would face a demand of only 35,300 nurses to be covered by 42,500 professionals, leaving a surplus of 7,200 RNs by 2030.


The demand for 73,200 nurses, while the supply is 89,900, shows that in Missouri we will see a major surplus of 16,700 RNs by 2030.


This state will see the smallest surplus of nurses, of 200, but it’s a good thing nonetheless. The supply and demand are close as numbers: 12,300 and 12,100 respectively.


Even though the differences seem small, Nebraska would have 3,500 extra nurses by 2030. The projected supply of 24,700 would cover the 21,200 nurse demand.


Here in the West, we will see a surplus of 8,100 registered nurses by 2030. The projections show a demand for 25,800 RNs and a supply of 33,900,200 in Nevada.

New Hampshire

The projections show a demand of 20,200 nurses by 2030, which would be covered by 21,300 RNs, so this Northeastern state will see a nursing surplus of 1,100 registered nurses.

New Jersey

Another Northeastern state, this time with a projected nursing shortage of 11,400 nurses by 2030 is New Jersey. The report shows a demand of 102,200 nurses that would be covered by 90,800 by 2030.

New Mexico

Another Western state with a surplus of nurses is New Mexico. The projections show a number of 9,700 extra nurses by 2030, with a demand for 21,600 RNs and a supply of 31,300.

New York

This big city will see a demand of 195,200 nurses that could be covered by 213,400 professionals, so there is no projected shortage, but rather a surplus of 18,200 RNs.

North Carolina

With a supply of 135,100 nurses and a projected demand for 118,600, North Carolina could have a surplus of 26,500 RNs by 2030.

North Dakota

There is little difference for the supply and demand in this state: with 9,900 nurses to cover 9,200 job positions in demand by 2030. There will be a surplus of 700 professionals by then.


Things look good for the state of Ohio. With a 132,800 nurse demand to be covered by 181,900 RNs by 2030, there will be a surplus of 49,100 professionals in the next ten years.


In Oklahoma, there will also be some extra nurses projected: 5,500 RNs, to be more specific. The demand for 40,600 nurses will be covered by the 46,100 estimated to be in Oklahoma by 2030.


In this Western state, we’ll see a surplus of 2,500 registered nurses by 2030. The projections show a demand for 38,600 RNs and a supply of 41,100 in Kentucky.


This state would have to meet a demand of 160,300 nurses with 168,500 nurses by 2030, so there is no projected shortage, but rather a surplus of 8,200 RNs.

Rhode Island

This state would have to meet a demand of 12,500 with 15,000 registered nurses by 2030, so there is also no projected nursing shortage, but actually a surplus of 2,500 RNs.

South Carolina

The state in the South will have to meet a demand for 62,500 RNs with the help of only 52,100 nurses by 2030, so there is a big nursing shortage estimated here, of 10,400 nurses needed.

South Dakota

The projections show a demand of 13,600 nurses and a supply of only 11,700, which leaves a nursing shortage of 1,900 professionals by 2030 in South Dakota.


This state will actually meet the demand for 82,200 nurses with a supply of 90,600. There will be more nurses in Tennessee, with an estimated number of 8,400 ready to work, by 2030.


Texas will face a bigger nursing shortage than other U.S. states by 2030. The projected supply of 252,400 nurses wouldn’t cover the estimated need for 269,300.


Utah will face a supply of 33,500 registered nurses and a demand for 29,400 by 2030. The projections show a number of 4,100 extra nurses.


This Northeastern state will have to meet a demand of 6,800 RNs with the help of 9,300 nurses by 2030, so there is also no projected shortage, but actually a surplus of 2,500 nurses.


This state will register as many as 22,700 extra nurses by 2030, according to the projections. With 109,200 to cover the 86,500 nurses in demand, Virginia is among the top states with more nurses than needed.


Washington is projected to face a demand of 79,100 RNs, but a supply of 85,300 by 2030, leaving a surplus of 6,200 nurses available in the job market.

West Virginia

Things look good in West Virginia. With a projected supply of 25,200 to cover the demand for 20,800 nurses, the number of extra nurses goes up to 4,400 for 2030.


In Wisconsin, we’ll see a surplus of 6,200 RNs, thanks to the projected demand of 72,000 nurses to be covered by a number of 78,200 by 2030.


This state will see a growing workforce, with a demand for 5,500 nurses and a supply of 8,300, leaving another big surplus of 2,800 nurses by 2030.

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The Impact of the Nursing Shortage

Not only the national deficit of nurse professionals but also the major gaps between supply and demand projects for various states across the U.S. are important factors to consider when looking for the best solutions to solve the nationwide nursing shortage.

Another thing to consider when classifying the top states with the highest nursing shortage is the size of the workforce and the percentage of the demand/supply should be taken into account. (It’s not only about the number of needed nurses, but also about the number of needed nurses reported to the overall size of the workforce.)

For example, California has the highest nursing shortage by numbers (a deficit of 44,500), but 11.2% of demand will be met in 2030. On the other hand, Alaska suffers the biggest percentage of demand with 22.7%, even though the number of nurses needed in 2030 would be of only 5,400 RNs.

So, we can say that the most impacted states by the nursing shortage are Alaska (missing 22.7% of the workforce), South Carolina (16.6%), South Dakota (14%), California (11.5%), New Jersey (11.2%), and Texas (5.9%).

At the other end, we have Wyoming (50.9%), New Mexico (44.9%), Ohio (37%), Vermont (36.8%), and Kansas (36.1%) as the states projected to have too many nurses.

Nursing Shortage Nuances

The nursing shortage is, unfortunately, not a simple black and white matter. Even in the states where the supply outranks the demand severe shortages are still common, specifically in the rural areas and smaller towns.

Fresh nursing graduates are typically interested in working in urban areas, where they have easier access to better-paying jobs and enjoy an increased number of job opportunities, leaving hospitals in rural areas severely understaffed.

The lack of professionals is not the only issue smaller towns encounter. Rural areas generally have more residents aged 65+ compared to urban and suburban areas. Also, the older population in suburban counties has increased due to large shares of adults relocating.

Therefore, rural hospitals (even in the states that foresee a surplus of nurses by 2030) are left in a troublesome situation: increasing numbers of people to attend to, most of them older and with specific health issues, and no nurses to fill the jobs. So, the predictions stay grim: rural areas nationwide have nursing shortages to worry about.

Factors Leading to the Nursing Shortage

The impact of such considerable gaps in the nursing workforce, but also of the many contributing factors to the national nursing shortage, is tremendous.

  • A nursing faculty deficit that turns away too many aspiring nurses

The current faculty shortage at nursing schools across the entire country is one of the most critical issues this profession is facing. With a growing aging population and many experienced professionals retiring each year, the academic field suffers the most.

Faculty shortages are limiting the enrollment and the number of graduates a school can provide, at a time when the need for RNs continues to grow. That is why becoming a nurse educator after graduating from an MSN program is a top career choice for the future.

  • Low quality of care and patient safety, affected by higher patient-to-nurse ratios

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence details how, if the ratio of eight patients per nurse is surpassed, the hospital is exposed to major risks, while the mandatory staffing policies in the U.S. set a limit of four to seven patients per nurse in acute settings.

In clinical settings with high patient-to-nurse ratios, RNs suffer from burnout, frustration, dissatisfaction while trying to meet the needs of others. This situation leads to errors, higher morbidity and mortality rates. Furthermore, an improper staffing ratio may lead to higher failure-to-rescue rates as well.

Learn more about how nurses’ education improves patient outcomes.

  • Insufficient number of RNs employed

As the population ages, the need for health services increases. With an aging population that suffers complex health problems (such as chronic conditions) and the need for more advanced care in the long term, a growing volume of qualified nurses is strongly needed in most of the U.S., instead of adding more assisting personnel to the team.

  • Nurse burnout

Although this health profession is a valuable, meaningful and high-paying job, the nursing shortage affects especially bedside care. Due to this deficit, RNs often have to work longer hours in very stressful conditions, which more often than not leads to burnout. Over 15% of nurses are reporting feeling burnout at work, according to a 2019 study. Assuredly, nurses who experience burnout demonstrate a diminished capacity to care for themselves and their patients. Also, one-fifth of nurses working in Emergency Department settings declared they felt unengaged at work, which is not a good sign as far as job retention goes.

If we also consider the verbal violence or emotional aggression present in some health care settings, mostly due to difficult patients (especially in the psychiatric and emergency department), it’s understandable why nurses experiencing burnout may decide to leave the profession after a while. A 2018 poll concluded that more than ⅔ of nurses were harassed by a patient and another 2017 survey has exposed that over 40% of nurses have been verbally bullied.

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Solutions for the Nursing Shortage

This national problem within the health care ecosystem needs sustained efforts in several directions including education, policy and regulations, delivery systems, strong collaboration between nurse leaders, educational institutions, government, and media.

These collaborative efforts seem to be directed toward several long-term and short-term solutions, such as:

  • Proper patient-to-nurse ratios

Nurse staffing is a crucial health policy that ensures the delivery of high-quality patient care, as the Institute of Medicine concluded in their reports. These policies depend on many factors and can be decided upon by health care providers. Fortunately, a growing number of U.S. states started to take action and introduce legislation to ensure an optimal nurse-to-patient ratio.

However, it is left to each state to decide if staffing is appropriate for patient needs and high-quality care, while the American Nurses Association prefers to leave the decision to nurses working in each hospital since they know best all the aspects of their workplace.

One exception is California, which has legally set the minimum nurse-to-patient ratios to be followed at all times: The ratio in a critical care unit must be 1:2 or fewer, while for emergency departments, the ratio must be 1:4 or fewer. As a result of California passing this legislation, nurse employment rose by 15%. Also, occupational illness and injury rates fell by 30% among the nurses.

  • Opportunities for nurses who want to become faculty educators

Solving the faculty shortage will help solve the general nursing shortage – there’s an increased demand for MSN-level nursing professionals to educate the next generation.

According to AACN’s report on 2018-2019 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, “nursing schools turned away 75,029 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2018 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors and budget constraints.”

Some states are already focusing on providing job opportunities for learners who choose to become nurse faculty after graduating. We, at Nightingale, offer the online MSNEd Program for future nurses aspiring to work in a non-clinical environment, where they can guide the new generations of nurses. Becoming a nurse educator is an ideal choice for many people, being one of the least stressful nursing jobs and a well-paid one.

Learn how to become a nurse educator online, at Nightingale College.

  • Nurse empowerment

Institutions and facilities should be more focused on understanding the needs of RNs working in stressful workplaces, to make sure they can offer the highest-quality and safest care to all patients in the long run. In order to succeed, it has been proven that working in a motivating and empowering environment can sustain these efforts.

Empowerment and more autonomy, including in deciding staffing ratios can critically lower the burnout level and the desire to leave the profession. One sure way for hospitals to acquire this goal is to earn Magnet Recognition. This means 100% of nurse managers have a BSN or higher degree, and they must provide proof of plans to increase their BSN workforce to 80% by 2020.

Find out what is a BSN degree and how it can help your career as a nurse.

  • Facilitating access to education for more aspiring nurses

There is a growing number of educational facilities and nursing programs that aim to fill all their vacant places and also attract more aspiring nurses. With several enrollment periods each year, these educational efforts are trying to generate as many prepared nurses as possible.

Access to education is now simplified through accredited hybrid or online programs that prepare future nurses no matter where they are located, besides the on-campus programs. These options are ideal for those working or having a busy schedule and want to get a BSN, but also for aspiring professionals, in order to lower the impact of the nursing shortage. At the same time, these nursing programs offer hands-on training through experiential learning.

Discover what nursing program is the right one for you at Nightingale.

  • Financial help for nurses who want to further their education and pursue advanced roles

Offering as many opportunities as possible to nurse professionals is another solution to solve the nursing shortage in the U.S. Having the chance to advance their career and feel more satisfied with the responsibilities they have may lead to lower turnover. For example, nurses may not leave their profession if they feel appreciated in their jobs.

That is why many learning facilities and educational institutions offer financial aid, grants, and scholarships, as well as loan programs to aspiring nurses or nurses who want to land specialized positions with more autonomy and responsibilities through a BSN or an MSN program.

It’s no wonder the World Health Organisation chose 2020 as the ”Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” honoring the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. WHO will also launch the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing and the World’s Midwifery 2020 reports, to strengthen the nurse profession and its implications, and solve the major shortfall of RNs in the USA.

Strengthening these efforts on all levels and working toward more accessible education and the best policies to ensure optimal conditions and high-quality patient care will help nurses pursue their dream career with more flexibility and motivation, slowly and surely solving the national nursing shortage.


What are the statistics for the nursing shortage in 2022? ›

High Employment Demand for Nurses

According to the American Nurses Association, by 2022, there will be a need for 3.44 million nurses. That's a 20.2 percent increase in RNs, with the demand for an additional 1.13 million nurses by 2022. What does that mean for your organization?

Which state has the highest nursing shortage? ›

California has the worst nursing shortage in the United States. It's predicted that by 2030, California will be in need of over 44,000 nurses.

What is the nursing shortage statistics? ›

States with the highest projected RN shortages for 2030
Projected SupplyPercentage
New Jersey90,800(11.2%)
South Carolina52,100(16.6%)
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What is a Category 5 nursing shortage? ›

Enrollments into nursing education programs dropped five years in a row. DG: By 2001, the American Hospital Association reported 126,000 nursing vacancies nationwide. That was 12% of the country's nursing positions unfilled. Peter called this a Category 5 shortage.

How bad is the nursing shortage right now? ›

The national nursing shortage dates back decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it to crisis levels. One study predicts that, in the next two years, there will be a shortage of up to 450,000 bedside nurses in the U.S. In countries around the world, medical workers are pleading for more support.

Why are nurses leaving the profession 2022? ›

About 100,000 nurses left the workforce due to pandemic-related burnout and stress, survey finds.

What state has the lowest paying nurses? ›

The lowest-paying states are South Dakota ($60,540), Alabama ($61,920), Mississippi ($63,130), Iowa ($64,990), and Arkansas ($65,810).

What state is the easiest to become a nurse? ›

Easiest states to become a nurse – Length of licensing process
  • Maine: 1-2 weeks.
  • Maryland: 2-3 days.
  • Missouri: 2 weeks.
  • Nevada: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Carolina: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Dakota: 1-2 weeks.
  • Texas: 2 weeks.
  • Vermont: 3-5 business days.

What is the highest-paying state for RN? ›

In the United States overall, the average registered nurse salary is $82,750 and the median (50th percentile) is $77,600. California, with RN salaries averaging $124,000, is the highest-paying state for nurses as of May 2021 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

What are the common factors contributing to the nursing shortage? ›

While many factors play a part in the nursing shortage, four are key:
  • An Aging Patient Population. ...
  • An Aging Nursing Workforce. ...
  • Low Nursing School Enrollment. ...
  • Burnout. ...
  • Other Articles in This Series.

Is the nursing shortage getting better? ›

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections 2021-2031, the Registered Nursing (RN) workforce is expected to grow by 6% over the next decade. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 3.1 million in 2021 to 3.3 million in 2031, an increase of 195,400 nurses.

How can we solve the nursing shortage? ›

  1. 1 | Listening to Nurses Concerns. ...
  2. 2 | Prioritizing Workplace Culture Increases Retention. ...
  3. 3 | Prioritizing Nurse Retention Levels. ...
  4. 4 | Increasing Diversity in the Nursing Student Body. ...
  5. 5 | Addressing the Need for More Nurse Educators. ...
  6. 6 | Using Innovation to Address the Nursing Shortage.

What does RN Level 3 mean? ›

Level 3 Expert Nurse

The Level III Registered Nurse is accountable for the provision of expert patient care including service to patients with complex needs. The level III nurse has increased responsibilities that may include staff orientation, patient care coordination, or other unit/service activities.

What is the rule of 5 in nursing? ›

The rule dictates that when a staff member is 10 feet from a guest, the staff smiles and makes direct eye contact, and when they are within five feet, the staff verbally greets the guest.

What is a level 6 RN? ›

Nurse practitioner (level six): A level six nurse is a nurse practitioner who has a master's degree in nursing and assists medical teams in an advanced clinical role.

Why are so many nurses quitting? ›

Staffing shortages were the top reason nurses cited for planning to leave their jobs, followed by needing better work-life balance, the survey out Tuesday said. Nurses also said they planned to leave their roles because their mental health is at risk and they feel a lack of appreciation.

Why are so many leaving nursing? ›

Another recent report by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing found about 100,000 registered nurses left the profession since 2020. More than 600,000 intend to leave by 2027 due to stress, burnout and retirement.

Is nursing worth it 2023? ›

Yes, becoming a nurse is worth it for many students. Nursing is a popular career path because nursing skills are needed in a variety of settings.

Why do new grad nurses quit? ›

Unsafe working conditions. Many nurses are leaving the profession because they feel that they are unsafe in some way or another. Whether it is the patient population they feel unsafe from or the working conditions they have to endure, it is hard to get someone to stay at their job if they feel unsafe.

Is being a nurse worth it 2022? ›

Reasons to Consider a Nursing Career in 2022

The nursing profession is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and respectable jobs out there. Nurses are vitally important in all sorts of healthcare settings, just as much as doctors and surgeons, and they often work in an even more hands-on way with patients.

What percentage of new nurses quit? ›

Per the data, 4.2% (or an estimated 33,811) of licensed practical nurses/licensed vocational nurses left the workforce in the past two years—an issue compounded by “considerable and somewhat unprecedented disruptions” to prelicensure nursing education programs during the past few years.

Which state has the happiest nurses? ›

Top Happiest 5 states for nurses in the US
  • #5 Colorado. Quality of life ranking: #10. Average RN salary: $69,990.00. ...
  • #4 Alaska. Quality of life ranking: #19. Average RN salary: $88,510.00. ...
  • #3 Oregon. Quality of life ranking: #18. ...
  • #2 Wisconsin. Quality of life ranking: #3. ...
  • #1 Minnesota. Quality of life ranking: #2.

Who is lowest paid nurse? ›

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Salary

However, this type of work is the lowest paid in the nursing field, which is the main reason CNAs should consider continuing their studies to become registered nurses (RNs).

Which state has the strictest nursing board? ›

California's Medical Board is famously strict. The background questions on the Med Board's application are extensive. The background check is thorough. Any blemish on an applicant's record, it seems, is cause for further investigation and often denial.

What is the fastest nursing license to get? ›

The fastest way to become an RN is through an RN diploma program, which can be completed in as little as a year. While completing this program does not lead to a degree, it does make the individual eligible to take the NCLEX and earn their RN license.

Which state has the hardest Nclex exam? ›

None. There is no “easy” state to take the NCLEX. The NCLEX is a national exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Because it's national, the NCLEX will be the same regardless of what state you choose to take it in.

What type of RN makes the most? ›

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist consistently ranks as the highest-paid nursing career. That is because Nurse Anesthetists are highly skilled Registered Nurses who work closely with medical staff during medical procedures that require anesthesia.

What states are paying nurses to move? ›

5 Highest Paying States for Travel Nurses in 2022
  1. 1. California. In 2022, it's no surprise that California is still the highest paying state for travel nurses. ...
  2. Hawaii. Hawaii may just be the dream destination! ...
  3. Massachusetts. ...
  4. Oregon. ...
  5. Alaska.

What is the best state to become a nurse in? ›

Best States for Nurses
  • California. 324,400.
  • Texas. 217,630.
  • New York. 188,300.
  • Florida. 187,920.
  • Pennsylvania. 149,270.
Apr 25, 2023

Why is there a nursing shortage 2023? ›

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed these shortages to crisis levels, with demand outweighing supply nearly everywhere.

What are the weaknesses of nursing shortages? ›

WEAKNESSES (Temp Agency)

Higher turnover rates. Higher costs. Not a solid career path for the nurse. Difficult for healthcare facilities to keep their productivity costs low.

How many nurses are needed by 2025? ›

The health care industry could be short 2.1 million nurses by 2025, according to an analysis from The Josh Bersin Co. and Eightfold, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Minnesota, and Mississippi.

What is the nurse update for 2023? ›

2023 nursing healthcare trends will be led by the fallout of a momentous nursing shortage and growing technological changes. 2023 should also bring a renewed focus on nurses' mental health, wearable medical devices, and a rise in virtual medicine.

What is the average age of a nurse? ›

Average Age Of Nurses

The average age of a registered nurse in the United States is 44, though this may change as the demand for nurses increases.

Will nursing school ever get easier? ›

Nursing school will have semesters that are easier than others. The good news is that the longer you are in nursing school, the easier it gets. The coursework may remain about the same, but it will get easier due to: The fact that you'll be used to it after a semester or two and you'll know what it takes to succeed.

How can we fix the shortage of healthcare workers? ›

The single most important way to reverse that is to support and expand partnerships between universities and community health care settings to develop additional residencies for graduating medical students as well as clinical training opportunities for nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, and others.

What is the difference between nurse level 1 and 2? ›

This is an entry level position for a nurse with limited experience. The Clinical Nurse I is distinguished from the Clinical Nurse II in that the latter is expected to have more professional experience in a healthcare setting including Public Health and Mental Health.

What is an IV nurse called? ›

Also called infusion specialist nurses or IV nurses, IV infusion nurses are registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in administering IV therapies. They are adept at pharmacology, interpreting laboratory tests, and using electronic equipment to monitor patients.

What is the golden rule of nurses? ›

Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be courteous to everyone whether or not they reciprocate. Offer sincere compliments, thank people for even the small things they do and show appreciation for every member of your department and team.

What is the golden rule in nursing? ›

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

What is the rule of 30 in nursing? ›

Takeaways: Timely administration of time-sensitive medications (within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled dose) can help prevent complications and prolonged hospitalizations. Some nurses feel that the 30-minute rule is unsafe, unrealistic, and unnecessary.

What is a Grade 7 nurse? ›

Band 7 – Advanced Nurse / Nurse Practitioner

Within this level, the job responsibilities are a significant jump from Band 6. The most important responsibilities include their ability to conduct detailed assessments, make diagnoses and prescribe medicine to patients – responsibilities very similar to a doctor.

What are the ranks in nursing? ›

Levels of Nursing Explained
  • Certified Nursing Assistant. ...
  • Licensed Practical Nurse. ...
  • Registered Nurse. ...
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. ...
  • Master of Science in Nursing. ...
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice. ...
  • Nurse Managers and Executives.

How do you level up as an RN? ›

5 Best Ways to Level-Up Your Nursing Career
  1. Specialize in Areas of High Demand. The world of nursing has changed dramatically in the last generation and from many nurses' training days. ...
  2. Further Your Education. ...
  3. Subspecialize. ...
  4. Get A Mentor. ...
  5. Look for the Next Trend.
Apr 2, 2020

What are the problems with nursing in 2022? ›

Vaccine hesitancy and misinformation about COVID-19, masking, and vaccines will continue to be a major challenge for the nursing profession in 2022. There continues to be a fluctuation in the numbers of LPNs and LPN programs and a shift in practice facilities from long-term care to acute care facilities.

Is there a nursing shortage 2023? ›

The percentage of nurses who said they were satisfied with the quality of care they provide also decreased from 75% in 2021 to 64% in 2023. About 94% of those surveyed said there was a severe or moderate shortage of nurses in their area, with half saying the shortage was severe, per the survey.

What is the projected nursing shortage by 2025? ›

The United States could see a deficit of 200,000 to 450,000 registered nurses available for direct patient care by 2025, a 10 to 20 percent gap that places great demand on the nurse graduate pipeline over the next three years.

How many registered nurses are there in the US in 2022? ›

Nursing is the nation's largest healthcare profession, with nearly 4.2 million registered nurses (RNs) nationwide. Of all licensed RNs, 84.1% are employed in nursing.

Why are nursing students dropping out? ›

Some of the common reasons nurses drop out of nursing school include poor time management skills, overwhelming stress, bad study habits, and difficulty taking the new NCLEX-style questions on exams.

What are the hot topics in nursing right now? ›

Nursing Now Ongoing Pandemic Mental Health Concerns Disabilities in Healthcare A Nurse's Impact Racism and Nurses Advancing Technology in Healthcare COVID-19 Pandemic and Nurses Nursing Education Substance Use Disorders and Related Concerns More...

Is nursing shortage getting better? ›

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections 2021-2031, the Registered Nursing (RN) workforce is expected to grow by 6% over the next decade. The RN workforce is expected to grow from 3.1 million in 2021 to 3.3 million in 2031, an increase of 195,400 nurses.

Why is it so hard to hire nurses? ›

Some of the factors that have affected supply and demand of nursing candidates have included: Aging baby boomers in need of more medical services. A significant percentage of nurses nearing retirement age. Bottlenecks in nursing education constraining the talent pipeline.

What are the future trends in nursing 2023? ›

More Nurses Will Earn a BSN.

As health care systems work to increase the number of nurses with bachelor's degrees (BSN), nurses seeking higher degrees through online nursing programs will remain a popular nursing trend in 2023.

How long will nurses be in high demand? ›

For years, experts in the healthcare field have sounded the alarm on the high demand for nurses nationwide. Based on projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the country will need additional 203,200 registered nurses (RNs) each year from now through 2031.

Is nursing a good career 2023? ›

Is Nursing a Good Career Choice in 2023? The nursing field is ever-evolving. Most job roles are high-paying and in demand. The AMN Healthcare survey found an astounding 81% of nurses surveyed are satisfied that they made the right career choice for themselves.

What state pays nurses the lowest? ›

The lowest-paying states are South Dakota ($60,540), Alabama ($61,920), Mississippi ($63,130), Iowa ($64,990), and Arkansas ($65,810).

How old is the average nurse? ›

Average Age Of Nurses

The average age of a registered nurse in the United States is 44, though this may change as the demand for nurses increases.

What state has the most nurses? ›

California contains the most professionally active registered nurses in the U.S. with 337,738 RNs, according to a ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.


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