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 14,165 LPNs in early 2011. 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**
Survey Response* n = 14,165  
     
Gender n = 14,158  
Female 13,509 95.4
Male 649 4.6
Age Distribution n = 14,145  
<25 236 1.7
25-29 955 6.8
30-34 1,087 7.7
35-39 1,056 7.5
40-44 1,159 8.2
45-49 1,395 9.9
50-54 2,021 14.3
55-59 2,767 19.6
60-64 2,067 14.6
65-69 945 6.7
70-74 326 2.3
75 and older 131 0.9
Race/Ethnicity n = 14,165  
White 12,481 88.1
Black/African American 855 6.0
Hispanic 246 1.7
Other 583 4.1
General Workforce Information n = 14,165  
Working in nursing or health care 11,436 80.7
Working outside of nursing or health care 688 4.9
Seeking work in nursing or health care 836 5.9
Volunteers 138 1.0
Retired 970 6.8
Did you obtain your diploma in Wisconsin? n = 13,567  
Yes 10,926 80.5
No 2,641 19.5
Top 4 reasons to anticipate leaving nursing n = 11,447  
Retirement 4,675 40.8
Family/personal reasons 1,012 8.8
Returning to school 938 8.2
Disability 803 7.0
*This line reports the number of valid responses for this 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**
LPN Jobs in Wisconsin   n = 10,763  
Type of Work in Wisconsin Avg. Age (yrs) n = 10,481  
Ambulatory Care 49 2,172 20.7
Corrections 46 181 1.7
Extended Care 49 616 5.9
Home Health 51 588 5.6
Hospice 50 173 1.7
Inpatient Hospital 50 944 9.0
Nursing Home 46 3,899 37.2
Public Health 49 241 2.3
Other 50 1,667 15.9
Plans to leave the Wisconsin LPN workforce n = 10,700  
< 2 years   1,662 15.5
2-4 years   2,436 22.8
5-9 years   2,253 21.1
10 or more years   4,349 40.6
**All percentages refer to the n = number in the title section

Direct Patient Care (DPC) Providers in Wisconsin

    Total Valid
Survey
Respondents
% of Applicable
Respondents**
Hours Worked Avg. Yearly Income n = 9,386  
< 20 hrs $15,800 1,259 13.4
20 - 35 hrs 27,800 3,465 36.9
36 - 40 hrs 36,200 3,476 37.0
41 - 48 hrs 40,500 747 8.0
49 and more hours 40,500 439 4.7
Plans to leave the Wisconsin LPN workforce n = 9,367  
< 2 years   1,438 15.4
2 - 4 years   2,212 23.6
5 - 9 years   1,944 20.8
10 or more years   3,773 40.3
Age distribution of those planning to leave in less than 2 years n = 1,436  
less than 30 years   386 26.9
30 - 39   400 27.9
40 - 49   218 15.2
50 - 59   152 10.6
60 - 69   236 16.4
Greater than 69   44 3.1
**All percentages refer to the n = number in the title section

Technical Notes

The data reported in this publication reflect a survey mandated under Chapter 106.30 Wis.Stats for all Wisconsin licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The survey was conducted as an element in the biannual license renewal requirement during the period from March 2011 until May 2011. The survey instrument was constructed and processed by Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) with valuable input from the Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative and active participation from a panel comprised of LPNs and nursing educators.

Funding for the survey development, implementation and summary was provided through a portion of licensing renewal fees paid by the nurses. DWD wishes to commend and thank the nurses for their time and efforts in responding to the survey.

Two forms of the survey were available to participants: an on-line internet version and a mail-in paper version. The data summarized in this report include the on-line responses and all paper responses received prior to May 17, 2011. The two survey versions are substantially the same, although the paper survey contains missing responses while the on-line version required responses to all questions. The dataset includes 14,165 responses, of which 1,811 are from the paper survey. (See below for contact information for additional technical background and information on accessing the dataset for specific analyses.)

The survey was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (previously known as Department of Regulation and Licensing.)

Additional Information

Wis.Stats. Chapter 106.30 also provides for a state center for nursing to develop strategies to ensure there is a nursing workforce that is adequate to meet the current and future needs of the state, and to facilitate public input and policy recommendations to ensure a sufficient, skilled and diverse nursing workforce. As the designated state nursing center, the Wisconsin Center for Nursing (WCN) www.wicenterfornursing.org welcomes input on nursing workforce related policy at info@wicenterfornursing.org.

For additional survey information, email Nelse Grundvig at anelse.grundvig@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Send mail requests to:

Nelse Grundvig
Attn: Nurses Survey
Labor Market Information Section
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Ave
P.O. Box 7944
Madison, WI 53707



Last updated 08/30/2011

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