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Nursing Workforce Supply-Demand Analysis for IL Nurses
In conjunction with the Illinois Workforce Investment Board and the Illinois Center for Nursing, several state agencies (Board of Higher Education, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Community College Board, State Board of Education, and Financial and Professional Regulation), convened project teams to develop a consensus approach for estimating the supply-demand balance in critical healthcare occupations in Illinois. To initiate the process, the Labor Market Information Support Team was asked to estimate the surplus/shortage of Registered Nurses in Illinois and develop plans for regional solutions in two pilot regions, the Northeast and Southern Economic Development Regions.  Utilizing industry and occupational employment projections, licensure information, educational completer data, and the results from an expanded Nursing Workforce Survey conducted by the Center for Nursing, the Team (chaired by IDES’ Economic Information and Analysis Division) is working with regional healthcare sector employers and associations to develop and refine a methodology to estimate the shortage of RNs and LPNs and identify possible leakages in the supply pipeline within each region.

The data below can be used as a starting point to determine the root causes of the identified supply leakages and explore possible solutions to impact future supply and demand balances.

Supply-Demand Analysis Methodology

Registered Nurses – RNs
The latest statewide analysis for Registered Nurses (RNs) continues to indicate that the projected demand for RNs will exceed the supply.  The estimated job growth will be in the acute care, long-term care and community-based care settings.

2011 Statewide Supply-Demand Analysis for RNs

Economic Development Regions (EDRs) Supply-Demand Analysis for RNs:
2011 Central EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 East Central EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 North Central EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 Northeast EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 Northern Stateline EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 Northwest EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 Southeastern EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 Southern EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 Southwestern EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)
2011 West Central EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Registered Nurses (RNs)

Economic Development Regions (EDR) Definitions: Click Here

Licensed Practical Nurses – LPNs
The latest statewide analysis for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) continues to indicate a probable surplus of qualified applicants. Future job opportunities will be replacement needs concentrated in the long-term care and community-based care fields.

2011 Statewide Supply-Demand Analysis for LPNs

Economic Development Regions (EDR) Supply-Demand Analysis for LPNs:
2011 Northeast EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
2011 Southern EDR Supply-Demand Analysis for Patient-Care Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

(Note: Analysis for other EDRs is not available.) 


 

Illinois Nursing Workforce Demographics
     The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation/IL Center for Nursing workforce survey was last completed in July of 2007 and consisted of three questionnaires, one for each of three licensure categories of nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs).  The questionnaire for a nursing category included a set of core items that were shared across the three questionnaires and a set of items that were specific to the nursing category.  The total number of LPNs, RNs and APNs reported as actively licensed in IL in 2007 was 185,557.  Of these 185,557 licensed nurses, 14% were LPNs, 83% were RNs and 3% were APNs.

      For more on the IDFPR/ICN 2007 Nursing Workforce Survey and previous surveys, click on the links below:

IL and National NCLEX® Annual Pass Rates  

A candidate for IL nursing licensure must pass an examination that is termed the NCLEX® licensure exam; these examination results are used to assist in making licensure decisions.  Annual NCLEX® pass rates are calculated based on a calendar year.  For a comparison of National RN and LPN annual pass rates compared to IL RN and LPN annual pass rates, click here.