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National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN)

In 2022–2023, the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, surveyed registered nurses in the United States. Nearly 50,000 registered nurses provided data. We compiled the results, produced several reports on the data, and updated an easy-to-use dashboard to display the latest information.

From its inaugural assessment in 1977, the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) represents the longest running survey of registered nurses (RNs) in the United States. The survey examines the characteristics of registered nurses and their experiences in nursing.

How can I review findings on the nursing workforce?

We provide summary reports as well as a dashboard to present our findings on the nursing workforce, based on data from the 2022 NSSRN.

Nursing reports and briefs

Nursing Workforce Dashboard

The Nursing Workforce Dashboard visualizes data from both the 2022 and 2018 NSSRN, which includes detailed information on the nursing workforce in the United States. This dashboard provides insights on the nursing profession by showing their work environment, education, demographics, hours, earnings, and more. It also helps us predict what nurses will need in the future.

The Nursing Workforce Dashboard showing the demographics tab for 2022.

The dashboard enables you to access the 400,000 unique data points from the survey and visualize this data on the nursing workforce landscape, including demographics, employment, education, earnings, and hours for various categories of nurses (RNs, NPs, and APRNs).

The dashboard serves as a benchmark for providing educators, health workforce leaders, and policymakers with key details and developments of the nursing workforce supply.

Because these data were based on the nursing workforce in December 2021, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is now reflected in the dashboard.

Where can I find more data from the NSSRN?

Visit the Data Warehouse for Nursing Workforce Survey Data. Find data on registered nurses from 1977-2022 and nurse practitioners from our 2012 survey.

You can also download the survey questionnaire, 2022 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (PDF - 1 MB).

Where can I find information on the 2018 NSSRN?

We maintain the following information on the 2018 survey and findings from the data.

Who do I contact with questions?

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