April 19, 2022
New analysis published in Health Affairs highlights a “worrisome drop” in young registered nurses (RN) and the overall workforce shortage in health care.
The new report highlights the need to develop strategies to support the health care workforce, especially early career nurses who started working during the pandemic. The authors note that it “is difficult to disentangle the contributing factors,” but the pandemic likely played a significant role in the workforce shortage that poses concerns across the health care community.
“A sustained reduction in the number of younger age RNs would raise ominous implications for the future workforce," the study authors wrote.
Analyzing recent Current Population Survey data, the analysts found:
HAP continues to advocate for policies and legislation that support the health care workforce. In addition, through the Health Care Talent Task Force, HAP is guiding the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool in Pennsylvania.
Additional information about our workforce priorities, as well as a recent HAP report with insights on these challenges, is available online.
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