2008 Survey of Registered Nurses


Joanne Spetz, Dennis Keane, Carolina Herrera

June 23, 2009

The 2008 Survey of California Registered Nurses is the sixth 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, 2004, and 2006. Like the 2004 & 2006 surveys, the 2008 survey targeted two populations: (1) RNs with active California licenses who reside both in California and outside California, and (2) RNs whose California licenses had been renewed with inactive status in the previous two years or lapsed within the 13 months prior to the survey, but who still lived in California. 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.