California Regional Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card

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Executive SummaryThe purpose of this study was to evaluate and assign a letter grade to each of 24 California regions based on the size of their working registered nurse (RN) populations in order to compare statewide RN workforces.Data compiled and analyzed at the regional level are useful in assessing particular regional deficiencies and requirements.A grading rubric was constructed based on the 2004 national RN jobs per 100,000 general population and standard deviation among the 2004 RN jobs per 100,000 population values of each state and the District of Columbia.The majority of California's regions received a C- or D grade, indicating RN jobs per capita ratios substantially below the national value.Relative to the nation and states, California's regions also possess significantly lower numbers of RN jobs per 100,000 population.Various studies of the nursing shortage in the United States and California have been conducted, and now regional analysis of the RN workforce may prove to be a valuable tool for monitoring changes in the demand and supply of RNs in each region, allowing the recognition of positive outcomes when effective interventions are applied.

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