2006 Survey of Registered Nurses


Joanne Spetz, Dennis Keane, Laurie Hailer

June 1, 2007

The 2006 Survey of California Registered Nurses is the fifth in a series of surveys designed to describe licensed nurses in California and to examine changes over time. Other studies were completed in 1990, 1993, 1997, and 2004. The survey solicited information about: (1) opinions about the most recent nursing position; (2) work hours and description of employment; (3) education, licensure, and demographics; (4) reasons for discontinuing nursing work temporarily or permanently; (5) employment with temporary or traveling agencies and registries; (6) employment in California for nurses who reside outside California; and (7) intentions regarding future work in nursing. Like the 2004 survey, the 2006 survey targeted two populations: (1) RNs with active California licenses who reside in California and outside California, and (2) RNs whose California licenses had become inactive or lapsed within the two years prior to the survey, but who still lived in California. In contrast, the 1990, 1993, and 1997 surveys were sent only to RNs with active licenses and California addresses; these previous surveys did not include out-of-state RNs, RNs with inactive licenses, or RNs with lapsed licenses.