VT. Nurse Workforce Background Information for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Nursing October 6, 2011 Mary Val Palumbo DNP, APRN University of Vermont AHEC

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VT. Nurse Workforce Background for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Nursing

VT. Nurse Workforce Background Information for theBlue Ribbon Commission on NursingOctober 6, 2011Mary Val Palumbo DNP, APRNUniversity of VermontAHEC Nursing Workforce Initiatives

Members of the Nursing WorkforceLicensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) 6 wks

Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN) 1 yrRegistered Nurse Diploma 3 yr ADN 2yr

Gold Star Employer ProgramLPN 1857 in 2010 and 11% report continuing their nursing educationRN diploma grads 17% (last diploma program closed in 1971)RN ADN grads 40% - low percentage go on to Masters degreeOlder nurses - In the 65+ age cohort, the percent that engaged in direct patient care increased by 11% (p = .02) from 2005 to 2009 compared to the younger cohort increase of 3% (p = .03) over this time period (Figure 1). Shifts in employment setting were also noted; the proportion of the oldest age group (65+) employed in the hospital shifted from 18% to 27% (p = .02)

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Members of the Nursing WorkforceRegistered Nurse BS or BSN 4 years

BSN 35% BSN is preferred for management, public health, military and school health. Magnet Recognition Hospitals (2 in VT) encourage professional development for nurses because studies have indicated improved patient outcomes in hospitals with more baccalaureate prepared nurses.

3Members of the Nursing Workforce Advanced Practice

MSN Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Administrator or EducatorDNP Doctor of Nursing PracticePhD Nurse Scientist/Educator

MSN 5%Doctoral degrees