from: hhs, bureau of health professions
the registered nurse population:
findings from the national sample survey of registered nurses
the 2000 survey found too few young people are choosing careers in nursing, and the average age of registered nurses has increased substantially.
in 1980, 52.9 percent of rns were younger than age 40; in 2000, 31.7 percent were younger than 40.
in 1980, 26 percent of rns were under the age of 30, but by 2000, less than 10 percent were under age 30.
this seventh national sample survey of registered nurses was conducted in 2000 and published february 22, 2002. it is the nation's most extensive and comprehensive source of statistics on all those with current licenses to practice in the united states, whether or not they are employed in nursing. it provides information on
*the number of registered nurses
*their education background and specialty areas
*their employment status, including type of employment setting, position level, and salaries
*their geographic distribution; and
*their personal characteristics including gender, racial/ethnic background, age, and family status.
full report of 2000 national sample survey of rns is available in html text or pdf. free copy is available from link at site.
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