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Despite fears that the COVID-19 pandemic would devastate the American registered nurse (RN) workforce for years to come, a new study found that nurse employment has actually grown in the past 2 years, according to a new study.

In 2023, the number of RNs on the job was actually 6% higher than in 2019, before the pandemic.

Looking ahead, the U.S. nursing force is expected to grow from 3.35 million in 2023 to 4.56 million in 2035, researchers led by David I. Auerbach, PhD, of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, reported on February 16 in JAMA Health Forum.

"This forecast suggests that the pandemic's impact on employed RNs, at least thus far, is unlikely to have a significant impact on the future growth of the overall RN workforce," the researchers noted. Head over to Medscape to read the full story.