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Labor Market Trends Among Registered Nurses: 2008-2011

Alan Benson

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

March 29, 2011

Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, Forthcoming

This study uses recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and RN licensing exam to examine the recession’s effect on the RN labor market. It then reports results of a survey of 518 hospital nursing officers conducted in 2008 and 2010 matched with institutional data from the American Hospital Association. These unique data show how the recession led hospitals to slow hiring despite accelerating attrition of retirement-age nurses; shift away from H1-B, agency, and overtime work; and reduce training and other benefits for new hires. More broadly, results show how nurse staffing practices adapt to market conditions. Results also suggest reduced hospital support for nursing education may strain the supply of managerial and specialty nurses as baby-boom nurses retire.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Nursing, Staffing, Hospitals

JEL Classification: I10, J33

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Date posted: March 30, 2011 ; Last revised: March 18, 2013

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Benson, Alan, Labor Market Trends Among Registered Nurses: 2008-2011 (March 29, 2011). Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1798619 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1798619

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