Minnesota Health Workforce Demographics
MINNESOTA’S AGING REGISTERED NURSE WORKFORCE
- The median age of active Minnesota registered nurses increased from 42 in 1994 to 47 in 2005.
- Forty-three percent were 50 years or older in 2005, compared to only 23 percent in 1993.
A large peak bubble of registered nurses (RNs) was passing through the 46-52 age bracket in 2004. This bubble is being followed by a much smaller number of RNs. There were only 66 percent as many RNs aged 35-44 as aged 45-54. There is a slight upturn in numbers of nurses in their early 30s, but nothing approaching the numbers of older nurses who will be retiring over the next 10-15 years. The impact on the total nursing workforce is not easy to interpret because many RNs work as LPNS or in other fields before coming to registered nursing.