The number of new registered nurse (RN) graduates grew slightly in 2018, driven primarily by an increase in the number of 4-year baccalaureate nursing (BSN) graduates, according to a recent report from the University at Albany School of Public Health’s Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS). The report is based on an annual survey of deans and directors of New York’s RN education programs to better understand trends in the production of RNs in the state and the availability of jobs upon graduation.
Overall, the number of new RN graduates has nearly doubled between 2002 and 2018. Deans and directors in the majority of regions reported many jobs for RN graduates of their programs. The new RN job market appeared somewhat stronger for BSN graduates compared to associate degree nursing graduates.
“Monitoring the production of RNs is part of a larger effort to understand New York’s health care workforce,” said CHWS Director Dr. Jean Moore. “It is important to routinely assess both the production of RNs and the new RN job market to help us understand potential gaps between the supply of and demand for RNs in New York and inform policies aimed to address these gaps.”
The full report can be viewed online.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 06