California Nurses: Taking the Pulse

TitleCalifornia Nurses: Taking the Pulse
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBates, T, Spetz, J
InstitutionCalifornia Health Care Almanac

California is home to more than 300,000 actively licensed registered nurses (RNs), making nursing the single largest health profession in the state. Over the past 15 years the number of RNs has steadily increased, although the RNs-per-capita ratio has remained significantly lower than the national average.

With the state's aging population and the implementation of health reform, demand for health care services is likely to increase. This report provides an overview of California's nursing workforce, including supply and demographics, education, distribution, and compensation.