LPN Survey Summary

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are required to complete a survey when renewing their Wisconsin license. The LPN Survey Summary includes data collected from 13,087 LPNs in early 2013. The information reported provides invaluable insight into Wisconsin’s licensed practical nurses. This information, selected with input from a data collaborative including DWD, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Department of Safety and Professional Services, as well as other affiliated health care associations, highlights the issues and concerns of a wide range of institutions in the health care delivery system. For questions about this survey, check out the Nurse's Survey FAQs

General LPN Population Information

  Total Valid
Survey
Respondents
% of Applicable
Respondents**
Total Survey Response n = 13,087* n = 11,195  
     
Gender n = 11,195  
Female 10,698 95.6
Male 497 4.4
Race/Ethnicity n = 11,195  
White 10,192 91.0
Black/African American 704 6.3
Hispanic, Latino or Spanish 212 1.9
Asian 144 1.3
American Indian or Alaska Native 113 1.0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 11 0.1
Other 152 1.4
Note: Respondents instructed to select all that apply. Responses total to >11,195.
Age Distribution n = 11,195  
<25 180 1.6
25-34 1,836 16.4
35-44 1,987 17.7
45-54 2,520 22.5
55-64 3,723 33.2
65 and older 949 8.5
Employment Status n = 11,195  
Actively working as a nurse 8,423 75.2
Actively working in health care, not nursing 730 6.5
Actively working in another field 472 4.2
Unemployed, seeking work in nursing 488 4.4
Unemployed, seeking work in another field 58 0.5
Unemployed, not seeking work 364 3.3
Retired 660 5.9
Primary Place of Work in Current WI Labor Market n = 8,602  
Extended Care (Nursing Home, Assisted Living, etc.) 3,621 42.1
Ambulatory Care (Outpatient, Clinic, Surgical Center) 2,506 29.1
Hospital (Acute Care, AODA) 924 10.7
Home Health (Private Home) 586 6.8
Public Health/Community Health/School Health 337 3.9
Other 628 7.3
*Total surveys submitted during 2013 license renewal period = 13,087.
Online responses = 12,067 Paper responses = 1,020.
Online surveys after data cleaning to promote validity of analysis = 11,195.
n = the number of valid responses for each section of the summary.
**All percentages refer to the n = number in the title section

LPNs in WI's Labor Market

  Total Valid
Survey
Respondents
% of Applicable
Respondents**
Nursing Positions at Primary Place of Work in WI n = 8,602  
Extended Care (Nursing Home, Assisted Living, etc.) 3,621 42.1
Ambulatory Care (Outpatient, Clinic, Surgical Center) 2,506 29.1
Hospital (Acute Care, AODA) 924 10.7
Home Health (Private Home) 586 6.8
Public Health/Community Health/School Health 337 3.9
Other 628 7.3
Plans to Leave Direct Patient Care n = 8,402  
< 2 years 527 6.3
2-4 years 1,304 15.5
5-9 years 1,818 21.6
10-19 years 2,181 26.0
20-29 years 1,280 15.2
30 or more years 1,292 15.4
Note: Excludes unemployed and those not working in direct patient care.
Age 55 and Over by Work Setting (Excludes Unemployed) n = 3,216  
Extended Care (Nursing Home, Assisted Living, etc.) 1,121 34.9
Ambulatory Care (Outpatient, Clinic, Surgical Center) 1,006 31.3
Hospital (Acute Care, AODA) 429 13.3
Home Health (Private Home) 265 8.2
Public Health/Community Health/School Health 128 4.0
Other 267 8.3
Nursing Degrees or Diplomas Earned n = 11,195  
Diploma in Nursing 1,121 34.9
Associate's Degree in Nursing 1,006 31.3
Bachelor's Degree 429 13.3
Graduate Degree 265 8.2
Note: Respondents instructed to select all that apply. Responses total to >11,195.
Plans for Further Education in Nursing n = 11,195  
Currently enrolled in an associate degree nursing program 1,314 11.7
Currently enrolled in a bachelor degree nursing program 96 0.9
Currently enrolled in a nursing graduate degree program *** ***
Currently enrolled in a non-degree certification program *** ***
Plan to pursue further nursing education in next two years 2,608 23.3
No plans for additional nursing education 7,110 63.5
**All percentages refer to the n = number in the title section
***Low numbers omitted to maintain anonymity

Technical Notes

The data reported in this publication reflect the results of a survey mandated under Chapter 106.30 of the Wisconsin Statues for all licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Wisconsin. The survey was conducted as an element in the biannual license renewal requirement for the year 2013. The mandate was communicated to nurses and to employers through numerous venues and organizations.

Two forms of the Wisconsin 2013 LPN Workforce Survey were utilized; an online version and a paper version. The responses during the enrollment period from both formats totaled 13,087. Online respondents submitted 12,067 of this total. Data summarized in this overview include online responses (n=11,195) that were cleaned to strengthen the validity of the data and to focus on licensed practical nurses who live or who work in Wisconsin.

The 2013 survey instrument was constructed and processed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and reflects improvements in both the design and implementation over the first mandated nursing survey in 2011. Members of the Wisconsin Healthcare Workforce Data Collaborative and experts from nursing organizations contributed to the survey design. The survey was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

The survey encompasses multiple characteristics of the licensed practical nurse workforce, and contains data elements from the National Nursing Workforce Minimum Dataset: Supply, as developed by The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers nursingworkforcecenters.org.

Detailed analysis of the Wisconsin 2013 LPN Workforce Survey is being carried out by nurse researchers for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing. For complete reports and more information on the nursing workforce and nursing education in Wisconsin, go to wicenterfornursing.org.

On behalf of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing and the many partnerships involved with the design, implementation and analysis of the Wisconsin 2013 LPN Workforce Survey, we wish to thank all who assisted with the survey, and the nurses of Wisconsin for completing it. The cooperation and dedication of all involved will aid policy makers and others in assuring a sufficient, competent and diverse nursing workforce for the people of Wisconsin.

To receive additional copies of this publication, send your request to info@wicenterfornursing.org


Data Source: Labor Market Information, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, 2013


Last updated 7/8/2014

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