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Forecasts & Strategies

Baseline forecasts show that Florida will face a shortage of RNs by 2025 that is capable of crippling our healthcare system and reducing access to care for Floridians. Demand for nursing personnel is projected to increase dramatically as Florida's large Baby Boom cohort reaches typical ages for retirement and begins to require more care for age-related conditions, and as healthcare reform increases the demand for more services. At the same time, more than 40% of Florida's nurses are approaching retirement age within the next 10 years and there are not enough younger nurses to replace them.

Resolving Florida's nursing shortage will require a multi-pronged approach, including interventions to increase the production of new nurses, improve the work environment to retain existing nurses, and redesign work to accommodate the older nurse. Here you will find forecasts of Florida's nursing shortage, strategies for addressing the shortage, and evidence for these strategies.

Forecasts

The Florida Center for Nursing uses forecasting models developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with Florida-specific nurse and general population data to produce projections of the state's nurse supply, demand, and shortage through the year 2025...

Strategies

The Florida Center for Nursing is the definitive source for information, research, and strategies addressing the dynamic nurse workforce needs in Florida. To achieve this vision and meet the Center's legislative mandate, the Center identifies key strategies for addressing the state's nursing shortage...

Evidence & Rationale

Through comprehensive research on nurse supply, demand, and education, the Center continues to identify trends, evaluate regional outcomes, and maximize the utilization of scarce resources. Resolving Florida's nursing shortage will require a multi-pronged approach, including interventions to increase the production of new nurses, improve the work environment to retain existing nurses..

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