Chicago – Approximately 260,000 nurses in the U.S. will receive a survey from National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) and The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers in the month of July. All nurses who receive the survey are strongly encouraged to respond as quickly and completely as possible to enable NCSBN and The National Forum to construct an accurate description of the current nursing workforce.
The 2015 survey targets both registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs). Selected nurses were drawn as a nationally-representative sample of the more than 4.5 million RNs and LPN/VNs currently licensed in the U.S.
Nurses who receive the survey will be able to respond via return mail or a survey website. The aggregated responses will comprise the national nursing workforce dataset, which will be analyzed by NCSBN and The National Forum researchers. Results will be published in the April 2016 edition of the "Journal of Nursing Regulation."
This study is the only national-level survey in the U.S. specifically focused on the nursing workforce. Survey respondents have a unique opportunity to contribute information that is critical to a comprehensive understanding of the supply of nurses in the country. Accurate data on the nursing workforce is vital to predicting potential shortages and assisting in the allocation of resources, program development and recruitment efforts in the health care and education sectors.
Results of the 2015 survey will be especially valuable in light of expanding demand for nursing services, including primary care for the millions of newly insured under the Affordable Care Act, the growing population of aging Americans, and the advance of technologies that provide virtual access to health care providers.