Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Newly Licensed Registered Nurses' Geographic Immobility

The December issue of Health Affairs featured two articles highlighting surprising trends related to the nursing workforce. We have already posted about one of the studies that investigated the growth in the nursing workforce among young adults, which you can access here. The other research article, which we are sharing with you today, discussed the relative immobility of recently licensed Registered Nurses and the issues that may arise from the lack of new RNs unwilling to relocate for employment. The study found that 52.5 percent of newly licensed RNs work within forty miles of where they attended high school, which can potentially affect rural areas that may not have an adequately trained workforce in their local area.

Click here to read the article as it appears in Health Affairs.

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