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National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN)

Description

The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) is the largest survey of registered nurses (RNs) in the U.S. The survey is sent to a small percentage of the actively-licensed registered nurses in each state. Nurses are asked to report on their education, employment, intentions regarding nursing work, and demographics. These data are used to assess the status and trends in the U.S. nursing workforce.

Supplier

Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions (HRSA/BHPr)

Data Years Available

1977, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008

Periodicity

Every 4 years, since 1980

Mode

N/A

Selected Content

Education, employment setting and position, intention to stay in nursing, demographic characteristics.

Population covered

Actively-licensed registered nurses in the U.S.

Methodology

The 2008 NSSRN sample was determined by randomly selecting individual RNs from each state's listing of licensed RNs, with the sampling rate differing across states. The survey questionnaire for 2008 was based on the 2004 questionnaire with revisions to address current issues and improve data quality. The multimedia data collection included Web, paper, and nonresponse follow-up by telephone.

Response rate and sample size

A total of 55,171 RNs were sampled for the 2008 survey, of whom 870 were determined to be ineligible because they no longer had an active RN license. Completed surveys totaled 33,549, yielding a response rate of 62.4%.

Interpretation Issues

N/A

References

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (2010). The Registered Nurse Population: Initial Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses.