Registered Nurse Population: National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, Preliminary Findings [March 2004] [open pdf - 1MB]
"The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) is the Nation's most extensive and comprehensive source of statistics on registered nurses (RNs) with current licenses to practice in the United States whether or not they are employed in nursing. Government agencies, legislative bodies and health professionals have used data from previous national sample surveys of registered nurses to inform workforce policies. Responses are used to estimate the number of RNs living and working in the United States; the educational background of RNs, including State or country of initial education and specialty area; employment status including type of employment setting, position level and salary; geographic distribution; and personal characteristics including gender, racial/ethnic background, age, family status, and job satisfaction. The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions previously conducted seven sample surveys. Reports from the surveys, conducted in 1977, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, l996 and 2000, have been published and made available to those involved in health care planning and evaluation as well as to the public. The eighth NSSRN began data collection in March 2004 and responses were received through November 2005. This report provides preliminary findings from the current survey."
U.S Department of Health and Human Services: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/