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HRSA nursing programs address the nation's registered nurse shortage by supporting nurse education, practice and retention with

  • Scholarships, loans and loan repayments to nursing students, registered nurses and nursing faculty and
  • Grants to registered nurse training programs to help them increase the number of nurses, improve their skills and keep them in the nursing field.

Severity of the RN Shortage

As a whole, the U.S. is experiencing a moderate shortage of registered nurses, with more severe shortages in certain areas.

This RN shortage will continue to grow if current trends continue, including:

  • a growing and aging U.S. population
  • high demand for highest quality of care
  • an RN workforce at or approaching retirement age
  • difficulties attracting new nurses and retaining the existing workforce.

Projected Number of and Demand for Licensed Registered Nurses, 2000-2020

Licensed RNs
Licensed RNs Active in Nursing
FTE Licensed RN Workforce
Projected Demand for FTE Licensed RNs

(source: What is Behind HRSA's Projected Supply, Demand, and Shortage of Registered Nurses?)


Other Nursing Resources

National Institute of Nursing Research basic & clinical research, research training & development

Environmental Health Nursing Initiative (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (not a U.S. Government Web site) includes links to State Boards of Nursing for licensure & certification information

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (not a U.S. Government Web site)

National League for Nursing (not a U.S. Government Web site)

Honor Society of Nursing (not a U.S. Government Web site)