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Date:March 22, 2012
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Nursing Workforce Demand Study Reveals Areas of Need for Louisiana

A study released this month by the Louisiana Center for Nursing, a division of the State Board of Nursing, reveals a continued, substantial need for nurses in Louisiana despite a sluggish economy and few nursing shortages reported by health care agencies.

Louisiana will continue to see a significant need for an increase in nursing personnel, according to the study, which projected areas of need and areas of growth between 2010 and 2012.

The study was completed over the past year and included a survey of more than 600 employers to determine demand for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants in Louisiana. Such in-depth studies have only been completed in 14 states.

“This study is just the kind of collaboration and employer involvement Louisiana needs to operate a responsive, demand-driven workforce system,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “The state’s labor markets and our high schools, colleges and universities need actionable labor market intelligence like this to make good decisions about the courses and degrees they offer. Students need this information to make good decisions about their careers.”

Among the study’s findings:

• Home health agencies had the largest vacancy rates for direct care RNs, LPNs and NAs.

• Hospices suffered the highest turnover rates for RNs, while long-term care/skilled nursing facilities experienced the highest turnover rates for LPNs and NAs.

• The greatest expected growth rate for direct care RNs, LPNs and NAs will occur in hospices.

“We are excited to share the results and become both a leader and a resource for the industry,” Dr. Cynthia Bienemy, director of the Louisiana Center for Nursing, said.

Read the complete Nursing Workforce Demand Study and to learn more at www.lcn.lsbn.state.la.us.

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