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Florida's Supply of Nurses Is Growing

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The Florida Center for Nursing announced today that the number of working nurses in Florida is growing.

The center publishes a report on Florida's nurse workforce every two years. According to its latest report, the number of Registered Nurses (RNs) working in Florida increased from 165,000 to 178,000 over two years, from 2010-11 to 2012-13. In addition, the number of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) increased by 2,000 people to 14,706 during this same time frame. The number of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) held steady at about 50,500.

When nurses renew their licenses online, they can participate in the optional Nurse Workforce Survey, and about 87 percent of nurses do complete the survey, according to the center. The center analyzes this data to get an accurate picture of Florida's nurse supply -- including the number, demographics, education, employment status and specialization of nurses.

Of imminent concern is the aging nurse population. Forty-five percent of Florida's RNs are age 51 or older, and 16 percent of working RNs are age 61 or older.

FCN Logo"Within the next 5 to 10 years, Florida's aging nurse workforce will begin to retire," said Mary Lou Brunell, RN, M.S.N., executive director of the Florida Center for Nursing. "Their retirement will result in the loss of highly skilled nurses who contribute years of organizational and experiential knowledge."

"The nursing profession must continue to encourage young people to enter the field," she added. "But it is critical that we also promote incumbent worker education and training, in order to meet employer needs for experienced and knowledgeable nurses."

Read today's press release about the report.

The Florida Center for Nursing is administered by the College of Health and Public Affairs.





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