National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses

The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) samples and estimates the characteristics of registered nurses in the workforce. This information 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 NSSRN has been the cornerstone of nursing workforce data.

Data Files

Dowload data from the NSSRN surveys

2018 Survey Data 

NSSRN Summary Report (PDF - 869 KB)
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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Date Last Reviewed:  February 2020

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