Over the past decade researchers In the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies (formerly at Vanderbilt University) and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital have conducted a program of survey research to assess the current and future state of the nursing workforce and evaluate the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. This work has been conducted with the support of Johnson & Johnson, Gannett Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has involved collaborations with Harris Interactive, Social Science Research Solutions, and other colleagues.

Our survey research has been conducted in multiple modes with thousands of people—nurses, teenagers, parents and teenagers, nursing students and faculty, physicians, hospital chief executive officers, hospital chief nursing officers, the public, and health policy and workforce thoughtleaders. The results of our efforts have been published in more than 20 manuscripts in many nursing, medical and health policy journals. In addition, we have partnered with other researchers to do secondary analysis of other major surveys conducted in the US by federal agencies.

Our goal throughout these efforts has been to provide current and actionable data on the prevalence and severity of nursing shortages, the workplace environment for nurses and other health professionals, and to take measure of emerging health policy issues and initiatives affecting nurses. Over the past decade these have included, in addition to the Johnson & Johnson Campaign, critical areas of study including magnet certification, the Affordable Care Act, emerging issues in the adoption of health information technology, and IOM reports on quality of care, health disparities and the nurse workforce.

The collection and use of these data in a trended way over a substantial period of time has filled a void in public and policy access to data about the lives of nurses and their relationships with colleagues, patients, leaders and policy makers. We are grateful to those who have supported, and continue to support, our research and publication of this information.

For each survey, you will find a few items:

  • A blank copy of the questionnaires (“Questionnaire” link)
  • A “Topline” copy that shows marginal frequencies for all variables (selected surveys only)
  • Links to publications where data from the survey were published. These publications contain more detailed methodology, response rates, and sampling information and should be used and cited where appropriate.
  • Coming soon: a link to an external archive where the data set can be accessed

These materials are offered for public use. Any use of survey questions, instruments or data should use the following citation and provide the URL of this website and the date of access.

Survey Name, Survey Dates, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Vanderbilt University.

Example: 2002 National Survey of Registered Nurses, 10/24/2001-3/13/2002, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Vanderbilt University.

In the absence of formal research agreements, the research investigators are unable to provide unpaid advice or consultation about these materials or the conduct of related or derivative research.

Questions should be directed to: Christy Friedman, Program Manager: christine.m.friedman@vanderbilt.edu

 

Research Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson

 

Survey Firm: Harris Interactive

 

Survey Start/End Date: 5/11/2004-7/26/2004

 

Sample Size: 1783

 

Population: Registered nurses in the United States

 

Mode of Data Collection: Self-Administered Mail

 

National RN 2004 Questionnaire

 

National RN 2004 Topline

 

Data –coming soon

 

Research Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson

Survey Firm: Harris Interactive

Survey Start/End Date: 5/26/2010-8/24/2010

Sample Size: 1030

Population: Registered nurses in the United States

Mode of Data Collection: Self-Administered Mail and Online

Research Sponsor: Vanderbilt Nursing and Johnson & Johnson

Survey Firm: Harris Interactive

Survey Start/End Date: 1/6/2004-3/5/2004

Sample Size: 400

Population: United States Primary care physicians

Mode of Data Collection: Self-Administered Mail

Physicians Questionnaire

Physicians Topline

Data –coming soon

Research Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson

Survey Firm: ICR

Survey Start/End Date: 3/8/2007-4/15/2007

Sample Size: 1604

Population: Adults aged 18+ in the United States

Mode of Data Collection: Telephone

Public Opinion 2007 Questionnaire

Data -coming soon

Research Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson

Survey Firm: SSRS

Survey Start/End Date: 8/1/2009-10/1/2009

Sample Size: 123

Population: Leadership representatives of key stakeholder groups on health workforce policy

Mode of Data Collection: Self-Administered Mail and Interviewer-Assisted Telephone

Thoughtleaders Questionnaire

Thoughtleaders Topline

Data –coming soon

Research Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson

Survey Firm: Harris Interactive

Survey Start/End Date: 10/20/2010-12/13/2010

Sample Size: 503

Population: National Student Nurses Association Members Enrolled in Associate, Bachelor, Diploma, and Pre-Nursing Programs

Mode of Data Collection: Self-Administered Online (Mail and Email Recruitment)

Research Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson

Survey Firm: Harris Interactive

Survey Start/End Date: 2/4/2011-4/30/2011

Sample Size: 249

Population: National Sample of Faculty in United States BSN and MSN Programs

Mode of Data Collection: Self-Administered Online (Mail and Email Recruitment)