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Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Iowa Nursing Demand Survey Report

April 23, 2021

The Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce, a program under the Iowa Board of Nursing, is pleased to announce the release of the Iowa Nursing Demand Survey Report (April 2021), conducted with the assistance of the Labor Market Information Division of Iowa Workforce Development. Survey data was collected from Iowa hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory care facilities throughout 2020, with 793 locations responding. The purpose of the survey was to gauge what the demand is for nurses in Iowa, potential shortages, and barriers in the recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce. 

The report provides snapshots of data by employer type, employer location and employer size. Respondents provided information about the top reasons they are having difficulty filling nursing openings, and the degree to which the difficulty exists. The report provides specific data on licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses. Wages by employer demographics are illustrated for each category of nurse, and the timeline to fill job openings is provided.  Employers also provided data about barriers to nurse recruiting and provided some of the retention strategies being used to keep nurses in their workplaces. 

A copy of the report may be found at this link: Iowa Nursing Demand Report - Released April 2021