GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

The Future Nursing Workforce: Supply Projections 2010-2035


Population factors such as ageing and increased life expectancy among the general population are expected to increase the demand for healthcare. Concern has been raised within the health sector about the future size, skills and attributes of the nursing workforce. These concerns are significant as nurses are the largest occupational group within the health sector and play a key role in the provision of health care.

The Council commissioned BERL to undertake a workforce planning research project. The aim of this project is to assist the Council in their strategic response to workforce issues in the New Zealand health sector. The objective is to quantify the supply of registered (RN) and enrolled nurses (EN) between 2010 and 2035.