Nursing Workforce

Nursing Workforce

Washington Nursing Workforce Data

In their 2010, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formally known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM)), recommended that each state build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of inter-professional workforce data to help nurse leaders make informed hiring decisions and to address shortages in the nursing workforce. The WCN is part of that data collection infrastructure in the state of Washington and uses data to provide an accurate picture of the nursing workforce to inform health workforce policy in our state.

Assessing the characteristics of the nursing workforce in Washington State:

Since 2016, WCN has regularly published LPN, RN, and ARNP Snapshots and reports to capture trends in the number of nurses licensed and residing in WA State.

2023 March_WCN Washington State LPN and RN Supply and Demand Projections 2020-2030
2022 WA Nursing Diversity Data Snapshot
2022 WA Nursing Faculty Data Snapshot
2022 WA LPN Data Snapshot
2022 WA Nurse Practitioner Data Snapshot
2022 WA RN Data Snapshot
2022 April_ WCN Washington State Nursing Education Trend Report Academic Years 2014-2020
2022 May_WCN WA 2021 Nursing Workforce Supply Data Report-Characteristics of LPNs RNs and ARNPs
2022 April_WCN Washington State Employer Demand Trends for Nursing Professionals: An Environmental Scan of Data from 2011-2020

The 2017 Survey of Nurse Educators in WA State increased public awareness of the role of nurse educators and data showing an imminent nursing education crisis.

2017 December WCN Survey of Nursing Educators in WA State
2017 Survey of Nursing Educators in WA State

Demand, what is the need for nurses by employers?

For data and more information on nursing workforce demand in Washington State visit, Washington’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network.

Interactive Washington State Population and Nursing Workforce Data

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