The Movement of Registered Nurses into and out of California


Melanie Chan, Renae WanekaJoanne Spetz

November 14, 2008

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is interested in knowing more about the movement of nurses into and out of California and commissioned the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to research behaviors of these nurses. Every month during the six-month study period, the BRN provided contact information for all nurses who requested endorsements of their nursing licenses into and out of California. From these records, UCSF randomly selected a monthly sample of 200 nurses who requested incoming endorsements and 200 nurses who requested outgoing endorsements, for a total of 1,200 nurses in each group. After each monthly sample was drawn, UCSF mailed a survey to all nurses who were selected. This report presents findings derived from analysis of the survey data, and includes nurses’ demographic information, education, experience, future plans, and reasons for requesting endorsement.