NR439 Week 5 Discussion: Samples and Data Collection

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American Nurses Association. (2014). Fast facts: The nursing workforce 2014: Growth, salaries, education, demographics & trends (Links to an external site.).

  1. Review the data presented in the ANA Fast Facts and describe some of the key attributes/characteristics of this sample of the nursing workforce.
  2. Discuss some of the data that you found interesting; include what you believe the purpose (intent) of ANA sharing these results.
  3. The instruments and tools that we use to collect data need to be reliable and valid. Define these terms and explain the importance of each. Share one way that can be used to collect data that you were not aware of or familiar with.


The workforce fact sheet comprises of data by the American Nurses Association (ANA) (2014) and highlights the US nursing workforce in terms of growth, salaries, education, demographics and trends.  From 2012 to 2022, it was estimated that nurse employment growth would increase by 20.2%. A total of 1.13 million new RNs would be required during that period of time. With regards to education, urban RNs are more educated than rural RNs as 46.6% of the former have a bachelor’s degree compared to 33.9% of the latter who have a bachelor’s degree. At the national level, it was estimated that by 2020, 80% of the RNs would be holders of a bachelor’s degree.

The data which I found interesting was education comparison between urban RNs and rural RNs. The data showed that in urban areas, 46.6% of RNs have a bachelor’s degree…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5.