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The Registered Nurse (RN) workforce in Illinois shares many characteristics of our national RN picture. We are an aging workforce – 40% of the respondents are 55-65+ years old and one-third of this group indicates intent to retire within the next five years. The vast majority of RN educators who responded to the 2014 Illinois RN Workforce Survey http://nursing.illinois.gov/ResearchData.html are also concentrated in the older age group. Of particular concern are the small numbers of nurses in the younger age cohorts (25-35 years) who are entering PhD programs.
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