Changes in the Rural Registered Nurse Workforce from 1980 to 2004 (Project Summary)

Date
10/2007
Description

Current and projected nationwide shortages of registered nurses (RNs) threaten access to and quality of care in most parts of the country. In rural areas healthcare is frequently challenged by uneven distribution of healthcare providers, including nurses. This report shows changes in the rural registered nurse workforce from 1980 to 2004.

Center
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Authors
Susan Skillman, Lorella Palazzo, Gary Hart, Patricia Butterfield