Licensed Nurse Employment in Long-Term Care: An Update

Nursing is the largest health profession in the United States and nurses play a major role providing care in a wide variety of health care settings. There are more than 3.8 million registered nurses (RNs) licensed in the United States, including more than 234,000 nurse practitioners (NPs), 81% of whom are employed in nursing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for RNs will grow 14.8% between 2016 and 2026, with 7% growth in nursing homes and residential care facilities and 48.6% growth in home health services.

This study will use the 2022 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses to study RN and NP employment in long-term care, including nursing homes, residential care, home health, hospice, and other related settings. This project has two general aims: to describe the nursing workforce employed in long-term care (LTC) settings; and to compare and contrast the nursing workforce employed in different LTC settings, and in LTC vs. non-LTC settings.


Key Objectives

This project aims to:

  • Report on the supply and employment of RNs and NPs in LTC settings in rural communities
  • Report on the supply and employment of foreign-educated RNs and NPs
  • Report on the entry and exit of RNs and NPs working in LTC settings


For more information, contact Laura Wagner.