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ERIC Number: ED471274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Pages: 130
Abstractor: N/A
The Registered Nurse Population, March 2000. Findings from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses.
Spratley, Ernell; Johnson, Ayah; Sochalski, Julie; Fritz, Marshall; Spencer, William
The characteristics, education, employment patterns, salaries, job satisfaction, and other characteristics of registered nurses (RNs) across the United States were examined in a national survey. Of the initial sample of approximately 54,000 of the nation's more than 3,066,000 licensed RNs, 35,579 RNs (72%) submitted usable responses. From 1980 to 2000, the RN population increased by more than 1 million with 1996-2000 marking the slowest growth in the RN population during the 20-year period. The percentage of nurses receiving their basic education in diploma programs decreased from 60% to 30%, with the percentage completing associate degree programs increasing from 19% to 40%. Hospitals remained the major employer of nurses although the number of nurses employed in other sectors--especially public and community health, ambulatory care, and other noninstitutional settings--increased. In 1980-2000, full- time RNs actual annual salaries increased from $17,398 to $46,782, whereas their real salaries increased from $17,398 to $23,103. Across the entire sample, just two-thirds of the RNs reported being satisfied with their current position. (Chapter 1 presents information about early RN studies, development of the present study's methodology, the sample of RNs for the present study, and 15 references. Appendixes constituting approximately 80% of the document contain 48 tables, a description of the survey methodology, and the survey questionnaire.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A