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2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses - Summary of Results

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(January 10, 2020) - This week the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a breif summary of the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) conducted in 2018.  The survey was clast conducted in 2008 and presents highly comprehensive data on registered nursing workforce nationally.

As we await the full report, a few key and highly relevant highlights are now available.  

First, the number of registered nurse who entered the professional via the assocate degree pathway has indeed grown since 2008, from 45.4% to 48.5% in 2018.  Singnalling an increased reliance on associate degree nursing programs to ensure an adequate supply of new graduate nurses into the national workforce.

Equally as important, the number of nurses attaining baccalaureate and higher degrees has risen from a combined percentage of 50% in 2008 to 64%in 2018, reflecting great strides nationally in academic progression.  As a co-lead for the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN), OADN is deeply committed to academic progression on a national scale.  Together we celebrate all that asscociate degree nursing educators and their partners have done to bulid stronger and more accessible academic progression pathways that creat more opportunites for students and build greater competeincies across the workforce overall.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to to analyze this landmark data and HRSA releases the final report.

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2018 NSSRN Data

2008 and other past NSSRN data