Millennials Almost Twice As Likely To Be Registered Nurses As Baby Boomers Were
Author: David I. Auerbach, Peter I. Buerhaus, Douglas O. Staiger
Baby-boomer registered nurses (RNs), the largest segment of the RN workforce from 1981 to 2012, are now retiring. This would have led to nurse shortages but for the surprising embrace of the profession by millennials—who are entering the nurse workforce at nearly double the rate of the boomers. Still, the boomers’ retirement will reduce growth in the size of the RN workforce to 1.3 percent per year for the period 2015–30.