Findings From The National Registered Nurse Survey


WASHINGTON -  The Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released it's survey titled, "Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the 2004 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (March, 2006)."  The complete report is 376 pages.

Here are some of the findings:

-The number of licensed registered nurses (RNs) in the United States grew by almost 8% between 2000 and 2004 to a new high of 2.9 million.

-The average age of RN's climbed to 46.8 years, the highest average age since the report was published in 1980.

- 41 percent of RNs were 50 years of age or older (33% in 2000 and 25% in 1980).

- 8 percent of RNs were under the age of 30  (compared with 25 percent in 1980).

-The average annual earnings for RNs were $57,785.

-Real earnings (comparable dollars over time) have grown almost 14% since 2000 (the first significant increase in more than a decade).

-Employment in nursing rose to more than 83 percent of RNs with active licenses (the highest since 1980).

-RNs with masters or doctorate degrees rose to 376,901 (an increase of 37 percent from 2000).


Articles in this issue:


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    Editor-in Chief:
    Kirsten Nicole

    Editorial Staff:
    Kirsten Nicole
    Stan Kenyon
    Robyn Bowman
    Kimberly McNabb
    Lisa Gordon
    Stephanie Robinson

    Kirsten Nicole
    Stan Kenyon
    Liz Di Bernardo
    Cris Lobato
    Elisa Howard
    Susan Cramer

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