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OA-7.3 Data Details

OA-7.3 Increase the proportion of registered nurses with geriatric certification

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN); Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions (HRSA/BHPr)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
1.4 (2004)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of registered nurses with gerontological certification (Gerontological Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner)
Number of registered nurses
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Latest nursing data to match available denominator data are year 2004. The RN denominator data from 2008 Nurse Licensee Volume and NCLEX Examination Statistics (by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing) is available but it double counts nurses registered from different states so they recommended the Census data for denominator.

Specialists with geriatric certification are included in the data sources listed.