Job opportunities for registered nurses should blossom in the Garden State for the immediate future.
By one federal estimate, New Jersey may have to wrangle with a shortfall of more than 42,000 RNs by 2020, leaving the state’s supply of nurses 49% below demand. Meanwhile, a January 2012 article in the American Journal of Medical Quality calculated that New Jersey’s RN gap would still top 23,000 as late as 2030.
A 2007 survey conducted by the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing found several factors – including an aging workforce and recruitment difficulties – are likely contributing “to the ‘perfect storm’ that is decimating the supply of nurses at the state and national levels.”
Nationally, the employment rate for RNs is expected to increase 26% between 2010 and 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition. That represents faster-than-average growth.
Still, the authors of the American Journal of Medical Quality article noted that “the RN shortage is increasing steadily throughout the nation and will reach epic proportions in years when RN services are in highest demand.”
In conjunction with the need for more RNs there is likely to be growing demand for those with advanced educational qualifications, particularly in light of rapidly evolving technology and burgeoning regulatory requirements.
The Institute of Medicine has called for the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees to increase to 80% nationally by 2020. RN to BSN degree programs and online learning are ways to help the healthcare industry achieve that goal, the national institute’s 2011 report noted.
According to the 2007 survey by the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, about 27% of the state’s RNs had bachelor’s degrees.
Advanced educational qualifications typically bring higher pay for registered nurses.
RNs in New Jersey earned an average salary of $67,426 in 2011, according to an Advance for Nurses survey. However, RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree earned an average of $4,600 more than nurses with an associate’s degree.
Nationally, RNs earned an average salary of $64,690 in 2010, the BLS reported.
New Jersey Nursing License Requirements
RNs must have graduated from an approved nursing school and have passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to become licensed in the state of New Jersey. RNs who are licensed in another state can seek licensure by endorsement.
RNs must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education (CE) credits during each two-year license renewal period.
New Jersey Board of Nursing
It’s important to note that nursing licensure requirements and fees can change. For the most up-to-date information contact the New Jersey Board of Nursing at:
Mailing address: P.O. Box 45010, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: (973) 504-6430