New graduates in hospitals are moving toward more specialization as they enter the workforce as can be seen below. This is due to the retirements of nurses in these areas and the shift of older nurses to other settings. Residency programs such as those sponsored by New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN) and partially funded by the NJDOL Workforce Development Apprenticeship Program through their support has helped 13 of the 18 hospitals participating in this program since 2020. Increases in growth in demand across settings and the impact of COVID-19 is creating stress on the healthcare system. Residency programs for new graduates are even more important today. Residency programs was one of the recommendations for all setting in the 2010 landmark report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
The 2022 edition of the Nursing Data and Analysis Report provides insights on the workforce supply and demand data across settings. The pandemic over the last 2 years has impacted the workforce now and into the future. The report includes:
- Education Capacity for New Jersey
- Supply Projections for New Jersey
- Demand Projections for New Jersey
Pivotal Moments. Unprecedented Times. spotlights a variety of activities that reflect our organization’s mission and vision. Selected accomplishments include:
- Signature state-wide residency program for new nurses
- Pioneering data collection and analysis on licensed practical nurses and home health aides
- Programs and services which provide nurses with various support mechanisms
- Advocacy for removing roadblocks to care
To view the full report, click here.
The International Council of Nurses, the International Centre on Nurse Migration and CGFNS International, Inc. released a new report detailing policy implications and necessary actions to retain older nurses in the workplace as up to 4.7 million nurses worldwide are expected to retire by 2030. The report builds on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) State of the World’s Nursing report and provides a 10-point plan for supporting older nurses in their work.
The Division of Consumer Affairs State Board of Nursing has adopted new regulations which authorizes healthcare providers to engage in telemedicine and telehealth. The adopted new rules have taken effect on October 19, 2020.
To meet the increased demand for health care professionals during the current state of emergency and public health emergency, the State of New Jersey is licensing graduates of nursing education and training programs located in New Jersey within the last six months, and graduates of physician assistant, respiratory care therapy and pharmacy education and training programs who located in any state within the last 6 months.
Until further order of the Division, the following four classes of licensee will be granted temporary emergent graduate license:
- Nurses who have graduated from programs in Professional Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing who have not yet taken the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN);
- Physician Assistants who have graduated from physician assistant education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. (ARC-PA), or its predecessor or successor, who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination;
- Respiratory Care Therapists who have graduated from education programs for respiratory care practitioners accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or its successor, who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination;
- Pharmacists who have graduated from schools or colleges of pharmacy who have not yet taken applicable licensing examinations.
Additionally, the Division is waiving fee submission and criminal history background check requirements for all four groups of health care graduates. Those licensed under this program will be required to sit for an examination within 90 days of the date their respective examinations become readily available to be taken.