Nursing Staff Panel

The Nursing Staff Panel is a nationally representative Dutch research sample consisting of a permanent group of Nursing Assistants (NAs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and social workers who are prepared to fill in an online questionnaire at least twice a year.


The aim of research with theNursing Staff Panel is to gain insight into how these care providers experience the content of their work. This information is used to indicate how healthcare can be improved and how working in healthcare can be made more forfilling.

Panel members

The Nursing Staff Panel exitst of about 2,500 nursing staff professionals in the Netherlands, delivering direct patient care in many healthcare sectors:

  • hospital care
  • mental health care
  • care for disabled people
  • home care
  • care in nursing homes
  • care in general practices.

Participation in the Nursing Staff Panel is voluntary and anonymous.

Recruitment of panel members: diversity garanteed

Members of the Nursing Staff Panel are primarily recruited via a random sample of the population of Dutch healthcare employees provided by the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency. This agency is responsible for social security payments and registers all employees in the Dutch healthcare sector. Healthcare employees in this random sample were asked to participate in healthcare research for various purposes. This procedure promotes a diverse composition of the Panel in terms of age, gender, region and employer.


Panel members voluntarily answer questions about the content of their work several times a year. The questions are generally asked in online questionnaires, but they can also be addressed in interviews and group discussions. The questions are about subjects that are important to healthcare professionals. Panel participants can present their opinions and experiences in these questionnaires.


The Nursing Staff Panel is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Meer wetenMore information

For more information about the panel and about the use of the panel for research purposes, you can send an e-mail to or contact one of the Nivel contacts on the right.
For more information about Nivel as a partner in healthcare services research in general, please feel free to contact our progamme manager international projects Inge van Houdt PhD.
We are looking forward tot get in touch with you.


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