The Division of Nursing's 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, an important measure of the number and characteristics of actively licensed registered nurses in the U.S., has been sent to approximately 55,000 RNs this year. Unfortunately as the survey process enters the final data collection stage, the response rate to date has lagged behind that of the 2000 and 2004 sample surveys.
If you have received the announcement invitation or survey via mail or electronic mail, please take the time to fill out this important survey that helps describe today's registered nurses and their ages, current salaries, work settings, educational preparation, specialty areas of practice, and retirement plans. The answers to these and other questions assist in workforce planning and employment projections, help describe the professional career path of respondents, and will assist schools of nursing in quantifying how many nurses may be interested in furthering their education. Untold numbers of researchers await the publication of the final report and public datasets in 2009. Please be part of the cohort completing the survey that is used to characterize nurses and nursing within the U.S.