Recent policy brief finds NSSRN estimates of nurses across hospital settings similar to NC licensure data estimates
A recent Sheps Health Workforce NC brief written by Esita Patel, PhD found that National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) estimates of nurses across hospital settings similar to North Carolina (NC) licensure data estimates.
She analyzed the number of hospital nurses working in three settings (emergency department, inpatient, outpatient) using data from the 2018 NSSRN and 2008-2013 licensure data from NC. The percent of U.S. hospital-based nurses who reported working in emergency department (ED), inpatient, and outpatient settings in the NSSRN closely matched the percent of nurses who reported working in these settings in NC.
Due to the sampling methodology of the NSSRN data, there may be error introduced when generating estimates for smaller sub-samples in individual states. However, after weighting data for the NC sub-sample of nurses from the NSSRN, the percentages of hospital nurses working in ED, inpatient, and outpatient settings were similar to the percent of nurses working in these settings in NC licensure data.