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Nursing Workforce Survey Data

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) within HRSA conducts surveys and provides data on the supply, use, access, need, and demand for health workers. Data for two surveys on the nursing workforce are currently available.

Registered Nurses 1977 – 2008 Data Download

HRSA’s Bureau of Health workforce has conducted a National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) approximately every four years since 1977. The data from these periodic surveys provide the basis for evaluating trends and projection of the future supply of nursing resources.

Download the NSSRN data in one of the following formats:

Year Summary Level Documentation ASCII Format SAS Format SPSS Format Survey Findings
2008 State Download (approx. 14 MB) Download (approx. 18 MB) Download (approx. 31 MB) Download (approx. 25 MB) Download (3.4 MB)
2008 County Download (approx. 13 MB) Download (approx. 20 MB) Download (approx. 32 MB) Download (approx. 27 MB) Not available
2004 State Download (approx. 5.5 MB) Download (approx. 6.3 MB) Not available Not available Download (2.4 MB)
2004 County Download (approx. 5.8 MB) Download (approx. 7.7 MB) Not available Not available Not available
2000 State Download (approx. 1.4 MB) Download (approx. 2.6 MB) Not available Not available Download (1.4 MB)
2000 County Download (approx. 1.5 MB) Download (approx. 6.0 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1996 State Download (approx. 6.3 MB) Download (approx. 1.8 MB) Not available Not available Download (5.9 MB)
1996 County Download (approx. 6.3 MB) Download (approx. 3.3 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1992 State Download (approx. 4.1 MB) Download (approx. 1.9 MB) Not available Not available Download (6.3 MB)
1992 County Download (approx. 4.1 MB) Download (approx. 3.6 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1988 State Download (approx. 2.4 MB) Download (approx. 1.7 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1988 County Download (approx. 2.4 MB) Download (approx. 3.4 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1984 State Download (approx. 1.6 MB) Download (approx. 1.8 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1984 County Download (approx. 1.6 MB) Download (approx. 3.0 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1980 State Download (approx. 1.6 MB) Download (approx. 1.5 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1980 County Download (approx. 1.6 MB) Download (approx. 1.8 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1977 State Download (approx. 2.1 MB) Download (approx. 1.2 MB) Not available Not available Not available
1977 County Download (approx. 2.1 MB) Download (approx. 1.4 MB) Not available Not available Not available

Nurse Practitioners – 2012 Data Download

In 2012, HRSA undertook a large survey of U.S. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to address data gaps in education, training, employment, and practice patterns for this population. Approximately 13,000 NPs completed the 2012 National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners (NSSNP) and HRSA is pleased to offer this rich data source to the public through downloadable public-use data files.

Download the NSSNP data in one of the following formats:

Documentation (includes the codebook, variable definitions and frequencies) ASCII Format SAS Format (Includes data file and catalog) Questionnaire
Download (approx. 495 KB) Download (approx. 1,074 KB) Download (approx. 2,212 KB) Download (approx. 516 KB)
Download (approx. 522 KB) Download (approx. 6 KB)
Download (approx. 1354 KB)