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  1. Employer Demand. The total number of RNs currently holding jobs to provide needed services plus the funded, market-priced positions for which additional RNs are sought.

  2. Employed in Nursing.  An RN or LPN/LVN who receives compensation for work that requires licensure and/or educational preparation as a nurse.

  3. Employed Outside of Nursing. An RN or LPN/LVN who receives compensation for work that does not require licensure and/or educational preparation as a nurse.

  4. Nurse Population.  All RNs and LPN/LVNs who have a current license to practice in the United States or one of its territories and who are either employed or reside in the United States or one of its territories.

  5. Supply of Nurses. All RNs and/or LPN/LVNs who are eligible to enter the workforce. 

  6. Turnover. The attrition of employees through voluntary and/or involuntary terminations.  It is the ratio of the number of the number of employees that leave a setting or organization to the number of employees during the same period. 

  7. Unemployed. An RN or LPN/LVN who does not receive compensation for work. This includes individuals who are (a) seeking employment that requires licensure and/or educational preparation as a nurse, or (b) seeking employment that does not require licensure and/or educational preparation as a nurse. (Department of Labor)

Interagency Collaborative on Nursing Statistics

F. Employment Terminology

Nurses, Nursing Education, and Nursing Workforce: Definitions *