ERIC Number: ED471274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
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)
Descriptors: Age, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Colleges, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Family Status, Geographic Distribution, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Job Satisfaction, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Nurses, Nursing Education, Nursing Research, Occupational Surveys, Prior Learning, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Questionnaires, Race, Research Projects, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex, Social Science Research, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Work Environment, Work Experience
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.