Where Will the U.S. Need Nurses?

Exploring state supply and demand in the nursing landscape of tomorrow

Will your state need more nurses over the next decade? According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the supply of nurse practitioners (NPs) is projected to increase by 30 percent to 72,100 in 2020. Advanced practice begins with registered nurse (RN) education and licensure, so it is useful to know where RN demand and shortages are projected. Read on to learn how each state stacks up.

Map Data Projected Nursing Demand in 2025 Projected Nursing Supply in 2025 Projected Difference in 2025 (Pos = Surplus/Neg = Shortage)
Alabama 55,700 70,100 14,400
Alaska 7,300 4,600 -2,700
Arizona 87,200 59,100 -28,100
Arkansas 31,800 47,700 15,900
California 393,600 389,900 -3,700
Colorado 59,000 46,100 -12,900
Connecticut 41,500 45,200 3,700
Delaware 12,500 16,200 3,700
Florida 225,500 229,700 4,200
Georgia 101,400 94,700 -6,700
Hawaii 13,400 13,200 -200
Idaho 15,400 16,100 700
Illinois 140,100 149,800 9,700
Indiana 71,400 91,600 20,200
Iowa 35,300 56,600 21,300
Kansas 32,800 47,600 14,800
Kentucky 51,000 67,500 16,500
Louisiana 46,500 64,700 18,200
Maine 17,500 15,800 -1,700
Maryland 72,000 59,900 -12,100
Massachusetts 85,500 85,900 400
Michigan 104,600 116,000 11,400
Minnesota 66,500 84,900 18,400
Mississippi 35,800 47,000 11,200
Missouri 67,700 85,000 17,300
Montana 12,100 11,300 -800
Nebraska 21,900 22,100 200
Nevada 32,400 24,600 -7,800
New Hampshire 18,000 18,500 500
New Jersey 98,500 119,400 20,900
New Mexico 22,100 18,700 -3,400
New York 212,400 235,800 23,400
North Carolina 120,000 107,100 -12,900
North Dakota 7,600 10,400 2,800
Ohio 137,400 212,800 75,400
Oklahoma 37,300 55,000 17,700
Oregon 40,100 34,100 -6,000
Pennsylvania 152,600 178,400 25,800
Rhode Island 14,000 11,900 -2,100
South Carolina 54,600 54,000 -600
South Dakota 10,600 14,500 3,900
Tennessee 76,100 92,200 16,100
Texas 278,300 284,400 6,100
Utah 25,400 31,200 5,800
Vermont 8,100 8,800 700
Virginia 87,300 106,700 19,400
Washington 75,100 68,100 -7,000
West Virginia 21,100 29,000 7,900
Wisconsin 68,800 78,100 9,300
Wyoming 4,900 6,800 1,900

Data for Washington, D.C., are not presented because the small sample size in the American Community Survey — used to create “The Future of the Nursing Workforce: National- and State-Level Projections, 2012-2015” — generated unstable supply estimates.

SOURCE

“The Future of the Nursing Workforce: National- and State-Level Projections, 2012-2015,” U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 2014, 8-9. Accessed October 10, 2016.
bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bhw/nchwa/projections/nursingprojections.pdf

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