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Associate professional nurses employed by hospital, per 100 000

Full name:
Associate professional nurses employed by hospital, per 100 000 population
health professionals per 100 000 population
Type of measure:
Population-weighted country group average, Rate
Data source:
European database on human and technical resources for health (HlthRes-DB)
Data source notes:
HlthRes-DB provides a wide range of statistics on human and technical resources for health and offers data on non-monetary health care resources collected through the joint work of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and WHO/Europe. It contains nearly 200 indicators on human and technical resources for health.

Human resources indicators: Indicators include the number and density of a wide range of health personnel (such as physicians, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists and health care assistants), according to three different concepts (those practising, professionally active and licensed to practice). Information on employment in hospitals and numbers of medical and other graduates is also available.

Technical resources data: Data include the number and density of hospitals and hospital beds, stratified by ownership of facility (public, non-profit-making private and for-profit private), in addition to the number of beds for long-term care.

HlthRes-DB also contains indicators on the availability of the following medical equipment: computed tomography (CT) scanners, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units, positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, gamma cameras, digital subtraction angiography units, mammographs, radiation therapy equipment and lithotriptors.

Coverage: HlthRes-DB contains data from the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. To be updated yearly, usually in late summer, it is currently available in English and Russian.

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Indicator notes:
Associate professional nurses employed by hospital, per 100 000 population
Indicator code: hosp_empl.assocnursmid.rate This indicator shares the definition with the parent indicator "Associate professional nurses employed by hospital, total number".

Number of associate professional nurses and midwives (see definition of associate professional nurses and midwives) directly employed by a hospital.
Country notes:
No data available.
Source of data: Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Hospital Statistics.
Reference period: 31 December.
- Head counts/FTE of associate professional nurses employed by hospitals (HP.1).
- FTE: Up to 2007, data are not available, but are included in the data on "Health care assistants". From 2008, both associate professional nurses and health care assistants are displayed separately, causing a break between 2007 and 2008 regarding health care assistants.
Note:Division on Professional and Associate professional nurses/midwives does not exist in the country,
Note: This category does not exist in this country.
Source of data: SPF Sante publique - Service comptabilite des hopitaux.
Reference period: 31st December.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Public Health Institute of FBiH, Human resources in hospital service in FB&H Public Health Institute of Republica Srpska, Human resources in hospital service in Republica Srpska
Note: Category of associate nurses does not exist in the country, the whole time series was set to 0.
This category doesn't exist.
Source of data: Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Health Manpower Register
Reference period: data on December 31
Coverage: public and private health sectors included
Data for associate professional nurses employed in hospitals exists only from 2005 onwards. Data sources: Public Sector: Annual survey amongst the health care institutions of the public sector, conducted from the Statistical Service of Cyprus Private Sector: Private Clinic Inspectors.
Deviation from the definition: For 2005, the number of associate professional nurses refers only to the public sector, no data available for the private sector (a break in series occurs in 2006).
Data not available (the number of associate professional nurses is included in the number of professional nurses).
Source of data:
- Head counts: Statens Serum Institut, Labour Register for Health Personnel.
- FTE: The joint municipal payroll data office (KRL).
Reference period:
- Head counts: 31st December. Data show the number for January first the following year.
- FTE: yearly average.
Coverage: Only public section of health staff is included.
Note: FTE figures are based on the employee's job description, while head counts figures are based on employee’s education.
The category "associate professional nurses" does not exist in Estonia.
Source of data: THL Health Personnel Statistics; National Institute for Health and Welfare. The data are based on the Employment Register kept by Statistics Finland.
Reference period: Data refer to information for the whole year.
Coverage: Professionals working in hospitals listed by their primary employment.
Break in time series: 2007 due to a change in the classification of economic activities.
The category "associate professional nurses" does not exist in France.
Health statistics don’t contain such data.
Source of data: Federal Statistical Office, Health Care Personnel 2015; special calculation by the Federal Statistical Office; or
Reference period: 31st December.
- Data contain the number of associate professional nurses directly employed by hospitals.
- Included are associate professional nurses employed in general hospitals, mental health hospitals, and prevention and rehabilitation facilities in all sectors (public, not-for-profit and private).
- Included are associate professional nurses with a 1-year education (auxiliary nurses and auxiliary nurses for the elderly).
- Excluded are professional nurses with a 3-year education, midwives emergency medical assistants and students who have not yet graduated.
- From 2000 onwards data from Health Care Personnel have been completely revised. Therefore comparable data before 2000 is not available.
Estimation method: The number of FTE is calculated by adding the full and appropriate proportion of part-time occupied employees. FTE are measured by the number of hours of a standard labour contract.
Source of data: Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.).
Reference period: 31st of December.
Source of data: Hungarian Central Statistical Office. “Report on personnel of health service” per ICHA-HP categories: 1.1(General hospitals); 1.2 (Mental health and substance abuse hospitals); 1.3 (Specialty hospitals).
Reference period: 31st December.
Source of data: The Ministry of Finance.
Reference period: December each year.
Associate professional nurses do not feature in the Irish Health Service (Source: HSE, Nursing Services Directorate).
Source of data: The data are based on the Labour Force Survey which is conducted routinely by the Central Bureau of Statistics and includes persons who had worked for at least one hour during the week before the survey, for pay, profit or other consideration.
Estimation method:
- The data are subject to variations due to sample errors and wide confidence intervals.
- Full-time equivalents (FTE) was measured by the number of hours actually worked by health personnel divided by the average hours worked in full-time jobs in Israel.
Break in time series:
- From January 2012, the Central Bureau of Statistics has made a transition from a quarterly system of measuring labour force characteristics to a new and improved system that better suits the latest international recommendations on employment and unemployment - Monthly Labour Force Survey. Therefore the 2012 data refer to the entire labour force (including the military service) and not to the civilian labour force, as it was before.
- In addition to the transition to a monthly survey, in 2012 a new Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities based on ISIC was implemented as well as a new Standard Classification of Occupations based on ISCO-08. The numbers for 2012 are still reported according to the previous classifications, but the numbers for 2013 are based on the new classifications.
Further information:
Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Source of data: Ministry of Health General Directorate of digitalization, health information system and statistics - Office of Statistics. N&menu=pubb.
Coverage: In the Italian regulatory system, the category “Associate professional nurses” does not exist.
Note: Division on Professional and Associate professional nurses does not exist in the country. All nurses are classified as professional nurses and the time series for associate professional nurses is set to 0.
Data not available. Within the Latvian Statistical System data on nurses are not completely comparable and compatible with requirements (practising nurses/professionally active nurses/nurses licensed to practise).   Health statistics data from the Health Economic Center and the Health Inspectorate include information on nurses in the main job distinguishing between nurses with secondary medical education and nurses with higher education. LVA have no practice in publication of information about nurses according to the ISCO-88 classification for all nurses authorised to carry out professional activity regardless of the level of education. Thus, nursing care staff breakdown in Professional and Associate professional nurses in tables is not possible, and all nurses are included in group Professional nurses.
There is no such category in Lithuania.
Data not available.
This category does not exist in Malta.
Note: The category does not exist.
Data not available. (No distinction could be made between qualified nurses, associate nurses and caring staff. Thus data are included with professional nurses and midwives).
Norway has no occupation corresponding to ISCO-08 code 3221.
Data not available.
Source of data: National Statistical Office - Hospitals Survey.
Reference period: 31st December.
- The category “Associate professional nurse” does not exist in Portugal.
Republic of Moldova
The category does not exist in the country.
Source of data: 2000-2006: Ministry of Public Health. 2007: National Institute of Statistics, Activity of Sanitary Units – annual survey performed by NIS.
Reference period: data as of 31st December.
Coverage: For the period 2000-2006 the data cover only Ministry of Health network. For 2007 Data cover public and private sector. Data from 2007 till 2009 refers to ancillary medical staff. Since 2010 the data refers only to nurses. The ancillary medical staff includes: medical assistants, pharmacy assistants, nurses, infant care personnel, sanitary technicians, laboratory assistants, registering clerks, masseur, autopsy assistant and statistician specialized in health statistics, medical physical trainer, ergo therapy trainer and other categories of medical staff with equivalent upper secondary level of education. The data include also associated nurses from dentists units and pharmaceutical units. It would be specified that for midwives and nurses the level of education is ISCED 3 or 4 and ISCO codes are 3231 and 3232. Until 2007 ancillary medical staff working in administration, research and in other posts that exclude direct contact with patients could not be totally excluded Number of nurses declined in 2010 because in the period 2007-2009 data refers to ancillary medical staff (see definition above) Break in the series: 2007, 2010
San Marino
The category does not exist.
Source of data: Institute of Public Health of Serbia, National register on health care human resources. Data as of December 31.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the Republic of Serbia. Data from health institutions under other ministries (military services, prisons, social services) than the Ministry of Health are not included. Data from private health sector are not included.
Deviation from the definition: The method 3) For countries which do not have any detailed information on working hours has been used to convert head counts into FTE data.
The category "Associate professional nurse" does not exist in the Slovak Republic. All nurses are classified as Professional nurses.
Source of data: National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia, National Health Care Providers Database. With this database, data on hours worked (FTE) and jobs (number of contracts) were not available.
Reference period: 31st December.
The category 'associate professional nurses' does not exist in Spain.
Data not available.
Source of data: FSO Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel; hospital statistics; yearly census.
Estimation method: Until 2009, the hospital employment estimate was made with data on professions from 75% of hospitals.
Break in time series: Since 2010, hospital statistics have been revised; no estimation needed.
Data not available.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The category “Associated professional nurse” does not exist.
Data not available.
Data not available.
The category does not exist.
United Kingdom
Data not available.