Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Quality Improvement Survey 2, 2010 (ICPSR 36818)

Version Date: Dec 20, 2017 View help for published

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Christine Kovner, Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Carol Brewer, University of Buffalo School of Nursing

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The purpose of this study was to describe what newly licensed registered nurses working in hospitals learned about quality improvement in their education programs and workplaces. The survey was administered to nurses working in a hospital who participated in the second wave of the Newly Licensed RN Survey: Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Survey, 2007 (ICPSR 36812). Quality improvement topics covered by the survey include patient-centered care; evidence-based practice; standardized practices for restrain and seclusion, infection control and pain management; use of information technology or strategies to reduce reliance on memory; participation in analyzing errors and designing system improvements; use of national patient safety resources, initiatives or regulations; and use of specific quality improvement models, specifically, FADE (Focus, Analyze, Develop, Execute, and Evaluate), PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act), Six-Sigma-DMAIC/DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) or (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify), CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) and TQM (Total Quality Management).

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As explained in the ICPSR Processing Notes in the codebook, ICPSR restricted the variables idnumber and q31 from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining the restricted data must complete a restricted data use agreement with ICPSR, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to the restricted data via the ICPSR restricted data contract portal which can be accessed on the study home page.

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Additional information about the survey is available on the RN Work Project website.

The data files, setup, and record layout file are encoded with the UTF-8 character encoding standard.

The data file can be merged with any of the Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Surveys (e.g. ICPSR 36773, 36812, 36813, 36814, 36815, or 36816) or the first wave of the Quality Improvement Surveys (e.g. ICPSR 36817) by matching on the common ID variables idnumber or ICPSR_RANDOM_ID.

The sample for the Quality Improvement Survey was selected from nurses who had participated in the New Cohort Survey conducted January 2009-May 2009. Only those who reported working in hospitals were eligible for the 2010 Quality Improvement Survey.


Registered nurses working in a hospital who obtained their first license to practice between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Kovner, Christine, and Carol Brewer. Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Quality Improvement Survey 2, 2010. ICPSR36818-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-12-20.

2017-12-20 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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