Number and distribution of Registered Nurses (RNs)
- There were 2.4 million RNs in the United States in 2007, an average of about 800 per 100,000 population. Of these, approximately 70% were full time RNs, and 30% were part time.
- The current vacancy rate for hospital nursing positions is 8.5%.
- The ratio of RNs to total population increased steadily between 1970 and 1995 before flattening out between 1995 and 2000.
- The number of RNs is projected to decrease relative to the general population between 2005 and 2020.
Publication: RAND COMPARE, Overall Capacity of the U.S. Health Care System. http://www.randcompare.org
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