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Interagency Collaborative on Nursing Statistics

G. Nurse Supply Terminology

Nurses, Nursing Education, and Nursing Workforce: Definitions *

  1. LP/VN Nurse Population. The number of LP/VNs 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.

  2. RN Nurse Population. The number of RNs 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.

  3. Separation from Nursing Workforce. Nurses who are no longer employed in nursing or seeking employment in nursing and have either terminated their RN license(s), had the RN license terminated or suspended, have fully retired from nursing, have experienced mortality or morbidity preventing employment, or have ceased from actively seeking employment in nursing

  4. Supply of LPN/VNs. All LPN/VNs employed in nursing on a full-time or part-time basis in the U.S., as well as those nurses who are actively seeking employment in nursing as an LPN.

  5. Supply of Nurses Under the Compact Agreement. All RNs and/or LPNs employed in nursing in a state participating in the mutual compact agreement or actively seeking employment in nursing within a compact state, who reside in a state participating in the mutual compact agreement, and are otherwise eligible to participate in the compact.

  6. Supply of RNs. All RNs employed in nursing on a full-time or part-time basis in the U.S., as well as those nurses who are actively seeking employment in nursing as an RN.