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Forecasts & Strategies - 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, and redesign work to accommodate the older nurse.

There are significant economic benefits associated with resolving Florida's nursing shortage. The combined cost of annual turnover for RNs and LPNs was estimated at over $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2006-2007. Additionally, ensuring an adequate nurse workforce is a critical aspect of building a competitive healthcare infrastructure, which is essential for recruiting bio-tech and life sciences companies to Florida. Earlier versions of reports can be obtained by Contacting the FCN.

Title: The Florida Nursing Shortage
Date: 03/22/2011
Author: The Florida Center for Nursing
A summary of FCN's newest research on nursing supply, demand and education; and the forecasted nursing shortage through 2025
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Title: The Economic Impact of Florida's Nursing Workforce
Date:  April 2013
Author: The Florida Center for Nursing 
Updated estimates of the economic impact to Florida of filling vacant nurse positions, cost of turnover, and state and local tax revenues related to the projected nursing shortage.

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