[color=#006699]the registered nurse population: findings from the 2004 national sample survey of registered nurses
chapter iii: the registered nurse population 2004
- number of licensed registered nurses (rns) in the united states grew by almost 8 percent between 2000 and 2004 to a new high of 2.9 million
- average age of rns climbed to 46.8 years, the highest average age since the first comparable report was published in 1980.
- just over 41 percent of rns were 50 years of age or older (33 percent in 2000 and 25 percent in 1980).
- only 8 percent of rns were under the age of 30, compared with 25 percent in 1980.
- average annual earnings for rns were $57,785.
- real earnings (comparable dollars over time) have grown almost 14 percent since 2000, the first significant increase in more than a decade.
- employment in nursing rose to more than 83 percent of rns with active licenses, the highest since 1980.
- rns with master's or doctorate degrees rose to 376,901, an increase of 37 percent from 2000.
- average age graduation prior 1984 = 23.8; 2000 = 30.9; 2004 = 29.6
the average age at graduation for recent rn graduates appears to be slightly lower than in 2000. the average age at graduation for rns
during the 5 years prior to the survey was 29.6 years for the 2004 survey compared to 30.9 years in the 2000 survey
; however, rns who graduated between 1995 and 1999 in the 2004 survey were 31.0 years of age at graduation.
in 2004, the average age of nurses who graduated from initial nursing education in 1984 or earlier was 23.8 years (see appendix a
, table 2 for statistics on age at graduation); this is similar to the 23.9 years average age at graduation in 2000.
the average age of rns at graduation from initial nursing education also varied by type of program. graduates of diploma and associate degree programs in 2000 or later were the same age (31.8 years) and were older than graduates of bachelor’s degree or higher programs (26.3 years) during this time period. in other graduation years, graduates of associate degree programs were older than all other graduates. across survey years, the age of diploma graduates has steadily been increasing across graduation cohorts. baccalaureate degree recipients graduating after 1989 were the youngest (see chart 10). however, the average age at graduation is lower since 2000 among recent graduates of associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs (declining by 1.5 years and 1.2 years respectively, compared to those who graduated during the 1990s (see appendix a
, table 2).
1977 lpn @ 22yo --average age for my class; only 3 persons in mid 30's
1982 generic bsn @ 27yo 1/2 class in 20's, 1/2 in mid to late 30's