How many nurses are there? And other facts.
World Health Organization: Nursing and midwifery fact sheet.
Bureau of Labor Statistics data (2021) lists 3,080,100 jobs in nursing.
See the RN Sample Survey from 2018 or historical data from 2008. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has information from 2020 or historical data from 2017, 2015, and 2013. See other research on nurses. Please let us know if you see a more current for anything on this page.
Australia: Nurse Salary Guide 2021.
Canada: Nursing in Canada: there were 300,669 in 2019 up from 287,344 RNs in 2010.
Cuba: (2007 data), there are 89,000 nurses -- 25,000 with BSNs and 300 with masters degrees. (8 nurses per 1,000 people.)
Israel: (2009 data) had 43,700 nurses. (6 nurses per 1,000 people.)
Africa: (2011 data) has about 1 nurse per 1,000 people
Almost 2/3rds of the RN workforce has received a bachelor's degree or higher (63.9%). Advanced Practice RNs comprised 11.5% of the nursing workforce.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual earnings of US RNs employed full-time in 2020 was $75,330.
Sometimes people ask if there are more physicians than nurses. The American Medical Association reports that there are 920,000 physicians in the US. This is a ratio of 10 nurses to 3 physicians.
Are nurses more likely to go to graduate nursing or medical school?
Nurses are about 100 times more likely to attend graduate nursing school than medical school. see the data...
What do the initials and credentials mean that nurses so often use?
What is the projected shortfall of US nurses?
n 2008, the U.S. was short 116,000 nurses. That is predicted to worsen to 500,000 by 2025. The U.S. will need to educate about 1.0 million new nurses by 2016--which is 40% the size of today's nursing workforce. (See U.S. Department of Labor "Occupational employment projections to 2016" (pdf).) The U.S. Department of Labor has predicted that the number of nurses needed in the workforce will grow by 587,000 to 3.1 million nurses by 2016--a 23% increase in the number of nurses.
See more information on the nursing shortage:
Also see Occupational Outlook Information.
The 2008-2018 projections are scheduled to be published in the November 2009 Monthly Labor Review.answer...
Find more facts and data about nurses
US Nurses: 2004 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (the 2008 sample survey results are expected some time in 2009).
Canadian Nurses: Highlights from the Regulated Nursing Workforce in Canada, 2005
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Last updated August 22, 2009