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Nursing Statistics and Facts
Maybe trivia is coming up, or maybe you’d like to impress your family and
friends. Read on to learn the most interesting facts and statistics about your
•The traditional nurse hat was copied after a nun’s, and was used to keep
hair neatly in place. The hat was pretty much eliminated in the U.S., having
been known to harbor pathogens. Some countries around the world still use
the hat for their female nursing attire.
•Linda Richards was the first nurse to earn a Nursing diploma in the United
States. She earned her diploma in 1873, and her graduation credentials are
currently on display in the Smithsonian Institution.
•The number on occupational injury of nurses is back injury. According to
one study, 60% of nurses say they have been affected by a back injury at
some point in their career.
•The first Nursing school was established in India in 250 BC.
•During the Civil War, Mary Todd Lincoln worked as a volunteer nurse in a
•Japan's exam for foreign nurses is very difficult. Less than 100 people out
of 800 have passed the test in the last 5 years.
•The UKCC, United Kingdom Central Council has established the Nurses
Registration Act of 1919 that ensures nurses get the proper standard of
•Nepal is the country with the lowest per capita of nurses, there are only 5
nurses per 100,000 people.
•Currently there are 700 nursing programs that offer bachelor’s degree, and
850 that grant associate degree.
•January 27 is now recognized as national school nurse day.
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•The most visits to the emergency room occur during warmer months of the
•The national association of colored graduate nurses was formed in 1908.
•Men and women ages 25-44 account for 33 percent of all people in the U.S.
that visit emergency room with injury related wounds.
•In 1783 a black slave named James Derham worked as a nurse in
Louisiana. He saved enough money to buy his freedom and move to
Philadelphia, where he studied and became a doctor.
The traditional demographics of nursing no longer apply today. Nursing has
become a popular choice from many different areas, 14 states project a
growth rate of more than 20% in the next 5 years. The other states
anticipate a growth of 15%, still a significant increase in the profession.
The average age of a nurse today is 50.
55% of the working nurses are over the age of 50.
The percentage of nurses under the age of 40 is now 29%, down from
50% in 1980.
90% of nurses were women 2010-2013, however since 2000 men
have doubled their presence in the medical field.
The average number of nurses that passed their annual exam is
145,000, an increase of 20% since 2000.
60% of nurses receive a job offer by the time they earn their degree.
For nurses that have a graduate degree, 2 out of 3 have a job waiting
for them upon graduation.
90% of nurse with a bachelor's degree are working within 4 months of
More jobs are available for nurses in the south, 70% actually. This
more than any other region in the country.
Compared to other professions, nurses are 3 times more likely to
receive a job offer upon graduation.
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Nursing Shortfall Statistics
There is a nursing shortage, and yet many qualified applicants are not
admitted into nursing programs.
If qualified candidates weren’t turned away, the US would have
350,000 new nursing students. In less than a decade, the shortfall
would be covered.
Massachusetts has the highest number of nurses per capita in the
population at 1,200 per 100,000 people.
Nevada has the lowest number of nurses per capita with just 550 per
28 US states have seen declines in their RN populations.
Alaska has seen a decrease of 193 nurses per 100,000 people since
1996, no one can account for the reason behind this.
Since 2003, the percentage of Black/African-American nursing
students has remained fairly consistent at 10-14% of new enrollments.
There are about 279,600 black/African-American RNs and 162,800
In 2014, more Hispanic or Latino nursing students enrolled than ever
before in the history of demographic data being kept.
Nurses are critical to the patients that are hospitalized. Nurses see the
patients that are hospitalized much more than the attending physician.
Nurses not only provide medical care to the patients that are hospitalized,
they interact with patients and their families. Nurses are required by law to
have a certain amount of education, followed by a license, and for a nurse to
be a great nurse, they need compassion, understanding and to be non
judgmental. It’s a pretty long list of requirements; however there are plenty
of great nurses currently filling the rolls. In patient care surveys around the
U.S., out of the services patients received in hospitals, more of them
displayed satisfaction with their nurse than with any of their other medical
care staff. Nurses actually take on numerous roles within their nursing
responsibilities. Depending on the patient, as the nurse you often assume
the role of parent, counselor, friend, and general go to person for any and all
questions. Over the past 20 years the nursing career has started to receive
the recognition it deserves, being a nurse is a very difficult job. If you know
someone that has an interest in entering into the field of nursing, but find it
financially unobtainable, some possible solutions would be to inquire with
hospitals that are facing nursing shortages. Many offer grants or
scholarships for nursing school. There are also programs that offer paid
tuition if a nurse is willing to relocate following school, to a rural medically
underserved areas. There is generally a two year commitment required for
such programs; however it is a way to pursue a nursing career if you do not
have funds to pay for your education.
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