New Grad RN Survey Shows Increased Employment Opportunities

This joint survey was the 6th annual survey conducted by HealthImpact, the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Association of California Nurse Leaders, and the California Student Nurses Association, with funding provided by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Patient Care Services and Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholar Academy.

A random sample of 5,283 (50%) out of 11,566 nurses newly licensed by exam in California between September 2014 and August 2015, obtained from the BRN’s licensing system were invited to participate in this survey. A total of 670 nurses completed the survey for a 12% survey response rate overall.

The majority of newly licensed RNs responding to the survey indicated being employed as an RN with 74.2% reported to be working in their first registered nursing job, and 25.8% not yet working as a registered nurse. These results are markedly different from the prior year and an indication of a positive change in the employment picture for newly licensed nurses compared with each of the studies done in the prior five years.

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