Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later Entry Into Nursing

This report analyses nurse workforce data from 2005 and comes to the conclusion that the lack of interest in nursing may have been a temporary one mainly confined to young people choosing their first career.

"In addition to analyzing these trends, we forecast the future age and supply of RN fulltime- equivalents (FTEs), using a forecasting model developed several years ago thatwas the basis for some of the first projections of the coming nurse shortage. These new forecasts suggest that our prior projections of the supply of RNs in 2020 were too pessimistic." (Auerbach, Buerhaus & Staiger, 2007)


  • Study Data and Options
  • Study Findings
  • Discussion and Policy Implications


Auerbach, D. I., Buerhaus, P. I., & Staiger, D. O. (2007). Better late than never: Workforce supply implications of later entry into nursing. Health Affairs, 26(1), 178-185. Retrieved from html

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