Nursing Statistics

MINORITY NURSING STATISTICS

How many licensed registered nurses are there in the United States?
• There are 2,824,641 registered nurses and 690,038 licensed practical nurses in the US.

What percentage of the total nursing population are men?
• About 9.1% of RNs are men while 7.6% of LPNs are men.

Job Satisfaction Among Nurses

What is the average age of an RN in the US?
• The average age of the RN population in the US is 44.6 years. Only 14.8% of all RNs are 30 years old or younger.

Ages of RNs

What is the average age of an LPN in the US?
• The average age of the LPN population in the US is 43.6 years. Some 18.3% of LPNs are 30 years old or younger.

Ages of LPNs

Are male nurses generally younger than female nurses?
• The median age for male RNs licensed in 2000 or later is 35, compared with 31 for female RNs.

How do minority nurses self-identify?
• Approximately 9.9% of RNs are black or African American (non-Hispanic); 8.3% are Asian; 4.8% are Hispanic or Latino; 0.4% are American Indian or Alaskan Native; and 1.3% categorize themselves as two or more races.

Ethnic Background of RNs

• About 23.6% of LPNs are black or African American (non-Hispanic); 3.6% are Asian; 7.5% are Hispanic or Latino; 0.6% are American Indian or Alaskan Native; and 1.4% categorize themselves as two or more races.

Ethnic Background of LPNs

How many nurses identify themselves as black (non-Hispanic)?
• There are about 279,600 black RNs and 162,800 LPNs.

How many nurses self-identify as Hispanic or Latino?
• There are approximately 135,600 Hispanic/Latino RNs and 51,800 LPNs.

How many nurses identify themselves as Asian?
• There are about 234,400 Asian RNs and 24,800 LPNs.

How many nurses identify themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native?
• There are about 11,300 American Indian/Alaskan Native RNs and 4,100 LPNs.

What percentage of the registered nursing population is employed in nursing?
• Nearly 85% of the RN population, or about 2,596,600 RNs, are employed in nursing.

What is the primary workplace setting for the largest number of RNs?
• Hospitals are the primary practice setting for about 63.2%, or some 785,200, of all RNs.

Where RNs Work

Where LPNs Work

Which region of the US has the largest number of minority nurses?
• The Pacific region has the highest percentage of minority nurses, with 30.5% of nurses identifying themselves as belonging to a minority.

What is the largest minority nurse group in the Pacific region?
• The predominant minority nurse group in the Pacific is those of Asian background; 16% of the nurse population. Asian nurses were also more likely to be a part of the nurse population in the Middle Atlantic and West South Central areas — 7.3% and 5.6%, respectively — than in other parts of the country.

In which region(s) of the US would one find the largest number of black and/or African American nurses?
• Black or African American (non-Hispanic) nurses were more prevalent among the nurse population in the South Atlantic (9.5%), West South Central (8.8%), and East South Central (7.7%) areas than anywhere else.

In which region(s) is one most likely to be a Hispanic or Latino nurse?
• Hispanic or Latino nurses were more likely to be found among the nurses in the West South Central (7.8%), Pacific (6.7%), and Mountain (6.1%) areas.

Which nursing group is most likely to have a bachelor's degree?
• Asian/Pacific Islander nurses are more likely than all other nurses to have entered the profession with a bachelor's degree — 69.6% of Asian RNs entered the profession with a bachelor’s or higher degree.

Which nursing group holds the largest number of graduate degrees?
• 14.6% of black or African-American nurses have related master's or doctoral degrees, compared to 13.4% of white nurses.

Educational Background of RNs

Sources

1. The US Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, April 2013

2. The Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, September 2010

 

NURSING JOBS PAY RATES

What is the average number of hours worked a week by an RN?
• An RN works an average 37 hours a week.

 What is the average annual salary for a full-time RN?
• The average annual salary for a full-time employed RN is $67,930.

 What is the average annual salary for a full-time LPN?
• The average annual salary for a full-time employed LPN is $42,400.

 What are the average annual earnings for a staff nurse?
• The average annual salary for a staff nurse is $61,706.

 What is the average salary of a nurse who holds a graduate degree?
• A nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree makes an average $87,363 a year.

 Which nursing specialization has the highest annual salary?
• Nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) have the highest earnings of all employed nurses, averaging $154,390 annually.

Average Nurse Salaries by Type

Average Nurse Salaries by Region

Sources

1. The US Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, April 2013

2. Occupational Employment Statistics, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012

3. The Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, September 2010

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MINORITY HEALTH STATISTICS

• In 2009, African American women were 10% less likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, they were 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.

• Hispanic women and Asian/Pacific Islander women were 30% less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women in 2008.

• Hispanic women are nearly twice as likely as non-Hispanic white women to be diagnosed with cervical cancer and are 1.4-fold more likely to die of it.

• In 2009, Hispanic men were 20% less likely to have prostate cancer as non-Hispanic white men.

• African American adults are about twice as likely as non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.

• Between 2007 and 2010, the prevalence of obesity in African American women was 53%, while it was 32% among white women and 44% among Mexican American women.

• Mexican American adults are about twice as likely as non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.

• In 2008, Hispanics were 1.5 times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes.

• Asians are 10% less likely than non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes.

• American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 2.1 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes.

• American Indian/Alaska Native adults were 60% more likely as white adults to be obese.

• In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians have more than twice the rate of diabetes as whites, and are nearly six times as likely as whites living in Hawaii to die from diabetes.

• Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders are more than four times as likely as the general Asian American population to be obese.

• African American adults are about 60% more likely to have a stroke than white adults, and African American men are 60% more likely to die from a stroke than white men.

• As of 2012, Hispanics were 20% less likely to have heart disease, as compared to non-Hispanic whites, and in 2008, Hispanics were 40% less likely to die from heart disease, in comparison to non-Hispanic whites.

• American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 1.3 times as likely as white adults to have high blood pressure and are 2.4 times more likely to have a stroke.

• American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 1.4 times as likely as white adults to be current cigarette smokers.

• Asian Americans are 50% less likely than non-Hispanic whites to die from heart disease, as of 2009.

• Although African Americans comprise some 13% of the US population, they accounted for 44% of HIV/AIDS cases in 2010.

• In 2010, African Americans had an eight-fold higher HIV diagnosis rate than whites, and African American women had a 20-fold higher HIV diagnosis rate than white women.

• Hispanics accounted for 20% of HIV infection cases in 2011.

• In 2010, Hispanics had a two-fold higher HIV diagnosis rate than whites, though Hispanic women had a three-fold higher HIV diagnosis rate than white women.

• Hispanic men are three times as likely as non-Hispanic white men to have HIV or AIDS.

• In 2010, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders had a two-fold higher HIV diagnosis rate than whites.

• American Indian/Alaska Native women had a two-fold higher HIV diagnosis rate than white women in 2010.

• In 2010, Asians were less likely than whites to be diagnosed with HIV.

• African Americans made asthma-related emergency room visits 2.8 times more frequently than whites did in 2009, and African American children were 3.6 times more likely to make an asthma-related emergency room visit than white children in 2007.

• From 2003-2005, African American children had an asthma death rate seven times that of non-Hispanic white children.

• Overall, Hispanics have lower asthma rates as compared to whites, but Puerto Ricans have twice the asthma rate of the overall Hispanic population.

• American Indian/Alaska Native children were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, in 2011.

• Asian Americans generally have lower rates of asthma than whites, though Chinese Americans have a higher prevalence of asthma than whites do.

Sources

1.Data/Statistics, The Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

2. CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013, US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR 2013;62(Suppl 3):1-187


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