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Nurse workforce educated, diverse but still aging: study
Modern Healthcare

A new federal survey of U.S. nurses finds the country’s 3.1 million registered nurses are more educated and ethnically diverse than ever, but the group’s average age continues to approach 50 even as the number of nurses has grown. Initial results from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions’ quadrennial survey of the U.S. nursing population concludes that in 2008, nearly 45% of all nurses were aged 50 or older. In 1980, the first year of the survey, only 25% of registered nurses were 50 or older.