Meeting the Need for Better Data on the Nursing Workforce

Efforts to create state-level nursing workforce data systems are frequently hindered by organizational, analytical and funding challenges. This series of three briefs identifies strategies nursing stakeholders can engage in to convince stakeholders of the need and justification for a system; identifies strategies to address common logistical obstacles; and suggests mechanisms to enhance the collection of robust data to inform nursing workforce policy decisions.

Key Findings

  • Brief 1 A key barrier to building better nursing data systems is convincing policymakers, funders, the various agencies that have nursing data, and other stakeholders that the benefits of investing in a data system outweigh the costs to develop and
    maintain it.
  • Brief 2 Questions about who owns, collects, funds and protects the data are important issues to resolve prior to setting up a data system, both to avoid turf wars and to ensure long-term sustainability of the system.
  • Brief 3 Significant efforts are underway at the state and national level to develop data collection instruments and online data collection tools. These efforts provide a wealth of best practices on what data states should collect, how to collect it and how to translate the data into policy-relevant analyses.

More from Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative

To support interdisciplinary studies that address critical knowledge gaps regarding causal linkages between nursing and health care quality and to synthesize, translate, and disseminate major findings to key stakeholders.

More from Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative