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OA-7.3 Data Details

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OA-7.3 Increase the proportion of registered nurses with geriatric certification

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
1.4 (2004)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of registered nurses with gerontological certification (Gerontological Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner)


Number of registered nurses

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    Latest nursing data to match available denominator data are year 2004. The RN denominator data from 2008 Nurse Licensee Volume and NCLEX Examination Statistics (by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing) is available but it double counts nurses registered from different states so they recommended the Census data for denominator.

    Specialists with geriatric certification are included in the data sources listed.