Demand for Nursing in California

  • 56% of CA RNs work in the acute care hospital setting.
Acute care hospitals are the state's primary employer of registered nurses and typically the first employer for new nursing graduates. Survey data* indicate that new nursing graduates are finding it difficult to be hired into an RN position, as demand for new nursing graduates is low, while other hospitals report having difficulty hiring experienced RNs with specialized skill sets.

* 2010 BRN RN Survey, 2010 Nurse Employer Survey


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Looking Ahead

In collaboration with California Work Investment Boards, the Hospital Association of Southern California, California Hospital Association, CINHC, and the UCSF Center for the Health Professions, are working together to assess and strengthen California’s collection and use of healthcare workforce data. Coordination and streamlining of data collection requests, along with data quality controls and dissemination of accessible statewide and regional data to support forecasting/planning, are value added. Jim Finkelstein at FutureSense, Inc., a long-time collaborator with HASC, is coordinating this public/private effort to improve workforce planning and management. Your input and involvement are welcome.


We welcome your input and feedback. Contact Dennis Keane at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions.


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