APNA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Workforce Initiative
Expanding Mental Health Care Access and Informing Workforce Projections through Accurate and Comprehensive Data
With historically little data available on the characteristics of the PMH nursing workforce, in 2018 the APNA Board of Directors created and charged the APNA Workforce Task Force with developing a comprehensive PMH Nursing workforce survey and analyzing its results. From 2020-2021 APNA disseminated the survey, developed systematically by the task force, to PMH-RNs and PMH-APRNs in the APNA database and/or certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). With a 12.1% response rate, the data gathered informs current understanding of the demographics, education, employment characteristics, and earnings of PMH nurses working throughout the U.S.
The below report, the first of a series of publications on the PMH Nursing Workforce, summarizes the data collected through the survey. A JAPNA discussion paper on the implications of survey results, as well as a report to inform the public and stakeholders, will be available in the coming months.
APNA’s report is available to be used and cited by anyone with an interest in the psychiatric-mental health workforce.