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NURSES: Average age of hospital RNs is about 43

The average age of RNs working in hospitals has held constant at about 43 years old for at least the past 10 years, according to one of my favorite sources of data on nurse staffing — the Survey of Hours Report — conducted and published by the Labor Management Institute.  Interestingly, this statistic does not vary much based on whether the hospital is a teaching hospital, a community hospital, or a rural hospital.  The findings are based on a survey taken each year, to which about 200 hospitals nationwide respond.

Most of this report is devoted to survey results related to RN to patient ratios for different types of nursing units, hours per patient day for different units, turnover, vacancy, time to hire, patient falls rates, medication error rates, and LOTS of other interesting statistics.

Source: 2014 PSS Survey of Hours Report.  Bloomington, Minn.: Labor Management Institute, p. 448.  [And earlier editions.]  http://lminstitute.com/products  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 rc@aha.org

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