Effect of Prior Health-Related Employment on the Registered Nurse Workforce Supply


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Abstract

Executive Summary▸ Registered nurses (RN) who held prior health-related employment in occupations other than licensed practical or vocational nursing (LPN/LVN) are reported to have increased rapidly in the past decades.▸ Researchers examined whether prior health-related employment affects RN workforce supply.▸ A cross-sectional bivariate probit model using the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses was estimated.▸ Prior health-related employment in relatively lower-wage occupations, such as allied health, clerk, or nursing aide, was positively associated with working as an RN.▸ Prior health-related employment in relatively higher-wage categories, such as a health care manager or LPN/LVN, was positively associated with working full-time as an RN.▸ Policy implications are to promote an expanded career ladder program and a nursing school admission policy that targets non-RN health care workers with an interest in becoming RNs.

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