Nursing in Kansas

NURSING IN KANSAS | 2001 - 2013

The total number of RNs (38,321) having a license to practice in Kansas showed a small increase between 2012 and 2013. As for LPNs, there were 9,275 individuals with licenses, compared to 9,185 in 2012. The number of admissions to Kansas nursing programs in 2012 was 2,595. The number of students entering baccalaureate programs for nursing was 1,061 and for associate programs 2,054. Kansas also experienced a slight increase in the number of graduates in nursing programs. In 2013, there were 2,024 graduates from nursing programs in Kansas, an increase of 0.97% percent from last year.


SOURCE: Kansas State Board of Nursing, Annual Report FY 2013



The graphs below demonstrate vacancy and turnover rates for selected nursing positions from calendar years 2009 through 2014 as reported by Kansas hospitals. A total of 707 full time equivalent vacancies were reported with 3,235 employee separations for these four positions in 2014.


 Nurse Vacancy 2015



Nursing Turnover 2015  

SOURCE: Kansas Hospital Association Annual Workforce Survey, 2014, collected January 2015

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