There are still plenty of nursing jobs (Click here) to be had despite the state of the economy.
The Health Resources and Services Administration recently released "The Registered Nurse Population," a survey based on the agency's findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses.
The survey found that there were 3,063,162 registered nurses throughout the nation during 2008, an increase of 5.3 percent from 2004. About 2,596,399, or 84.8 percent, of RNs were working in the nursing field as of 2008.
The majority, about 62.2 percent, of RNs employed in the nursing field work in hospitals. About 66.3 percent of working RNs are employed as "staff nurses" and about 12.5 percent work in management and administration.
The survey further found:
- 12 percent of full-time RNs and 14 percent of part-time RNs have a second nursing job.
- More than 50 percent of RNs work at least 40 hours per week.
- 45.4 percent of RNs have an Associate Degree in Nursing, while 34.2 percent have a bachelor's degree, and 20.4 percent have a hospital diploma.
- Full-time RNs earned an average of $66,973 per year during 2008, a 15.9 percent increase from 2004.
- 29.3 percent of RNs are extremely satisfied with the salaries they earn, while 51.8 percent are moderately satisfied, and 11.1 percent are not satisfied.
- 3 percent of RNs under 55-years old planned to leave their nursing job within three years.