Long-Term Trends in Characteristics of the Rural Nurse Workforce: A National Health Workforce Study


This national study characterized changes in the demographic, education, and practice characteristics of registered nurses (RNs) in rural and urban areas from 1980 to 2004. Study data came from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) collected between 1980 and 2004. RNs were categorized into urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated small rural by residence and work location using the Rural-Urban Commuting Area taxonomy. The study examined changes since 1980 in rural RN number, percent employed in nursing, age, gender, race/ethnicity, age at first RN degree, types of degrees attained, type of work, salaries, the types of areas where the RNs work, and their likely commuting patterns. By examining trends in rural RNs characteristics over the past two decades, this study provided important information for projecting future trends in RN supply for rural communities.






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Skillman SM, Palazzo L, Hart LG Rural RNs in the U.S. since 1980 PRESENTATION 06-10-2008