National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses


The NSSRN samples and estimates the characteristics of registered nurses in the workforce. The information from these surveys helps us evaluate trends and projections of the future supply of nursing resources.

Registered nurses participating in the survey answer questions relating their profession as well as their experience in the field of nursing.

Since 1977, the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) has been the cornerstone of nursing workforce data.

Data Files

Data from the NSSRN surveys are available for download. 

Date Last Reviewed:  January 2020

2018 Survey Data Information

NSSRN Summary Report (PDF - 1.3 MB)
Highlights findings of the 2018 NSSRN.

NSSRN Technical Report (PDF - 7.3 MB)
Details the plan, development, and operations of the 2018 NSSRN.

NSSRN Final Questionnaire (PDF - 906 KB)

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