Today, we celebrate National Nurses Day to honor the 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States. According to the American Nurses Association:
- There are 2.6 million licensed registered nurses employed in nursing
- 62.2% of employed RNs work in hospitals
- The average age of employed RNs is 45.5 years
- 45% of RNs are age 50 or older
- 16.8 percent are male RNs
- There are 250,527 RNs prepared as APRNs – 62% are NPs
- 50% of RNs have bachelor’s degree or higher
- 13.2% of RNs have a master’s or doctoral degree
- Average annual salary for RNS (2008) was $66,973
- Projected job growth in nursing, 2008-2018 is 581,500 j0bs
- Projected % growth in nursing employment, 2008-2018 is 22%
- Projected shortage of nurses to meet healthcare demands by 2025 – 260,000
This day also marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. What a remarkable woman who had, in those days, such foresight and somewhat radical views on nursing, and medical practice. It is amazing that today, most of her notes still applies. Recently, a colleague showed this statement Florence Nightingale wrote in 1867 – her thoughts on what is now home healthcare.
“my view you know is that the ultimate destination is the nursing of the sick in their own homes. … I look to the abolition of all hospitals and workhouse infirmaries. But it is no use to talk about the year 2000.”
To all my nursing colleagues…Happy Nurses Day!! I am so proud and honored to be part of this noble profession. While there are many ways to show appreciation on this special day, a simple “thank you” goes a long way!