Quick Facts on Registered Nurses (RNs)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
+ Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members.
+ Registered Nurses (RNs) continue to be the healthcare occupation with the largest employment–2.5 million jobs. This is nearly three times the number of physicians and surgeons at 863,000.
+ Women comprised 91.3% of RNs in 2006.
+ According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2006, 10.9 percent of all RNs were black, 7.5 percent were Asian, and 4.2 percent were Hispanic.
+ The major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program.