How Will Health Reform Affect Demand for RNs?

Source: Joanne Spetz, Nursing Economics, Vol. 32 No. 1, January-February 2014

• The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts demand for registered nurses (RNs) will result in 3.5 million nursing jobs by 2020, marking a 26% increase over 10 years.

• RN employment is expected to grow most rapidly in outpatient settings – particularly physician offices – and home health care.

• The Affordable Care Act will likely impact the places where RNs work, and the skills they need to be successful in these settings.

• RNs will be expected to serve as care coordinators, case managers, patient educators, and chronic care specialists.

• RNs with strong skills will be in high demand in the labor market.