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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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Periodically, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes abstracts of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office on (301) 443-1129.

The following request has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995:

Proposed Project: The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses 2008 (OMB No. 0915-0276)—Reinstatement With Change

The National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) is carried out to assist in fulfilling the Congressional mandate of Section 806(f) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296e) which requires that discipline-specific workforce information and analytical activities are carried out as part of the advanced nursing education, workforce diversity, and basic nursing education and practice programs.

Government agencies, legislative bodies and health professionals used data from previous national sample surveys of registered nurses to inform workforce policies. The information from this survey will continue to serve policy makers, and other consumers. The data collected in this survey will provide information on employment status of registered nurses (RNs), the setting in which they are employed and the proportion of RNs who are employed either full-time and part-time in nursing. The data will also indicate the number of RNs who are employed in jobs unrelated to nursing.

The proposed survey design for the 2008 NSSRN updates that of the previous eight surveys. A probability sample is selected from a sampling frame compiled from files provided by the State Boards of Nursing in the 50 States and the District of Columbia. These files constitute a multiple sampling frame of all RNs licensed in the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Sampling rates are set for each State based on considerations of statistical precision of the estimates and the costs involved in obtaining reliable national and State-level estimates.

Each sampled nurse will be asked to complete a self-administered questionnaire, which includes items on educational background, duties, employment status and setting, geographic mobility, and income. An electronic version was offered in the 2004 survey and will be again considered as a mode for response.

Estimated burden is as follows:

FormNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentTotal responsesHours per responseTotal burden hours
Nursing Survey39,984139,984.3313,195

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to the desk officer for HRSA, either by e-mail to or by fax to 202-395-6974. Please direct all correspondence to the “attention of the desk officer for HRSA.”

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Dated: February 28, 2008.

Alexandra Huttinger,

Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. E8-4269 Filed 3-4-08; 8:45 am]