10 Key Nursing Facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

If you want objective information about job possibilities in nursing and the viability of a nursing career, look no further than the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS is an independent agency that collects and manages national statistical data for the American public.

iStock_000018595841MediumIn honor of National Nurses Week, here are 10 facts on nursing from the bureau:

  1. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
  2. The median pay for registered nurses in 2010 was $64,690 per year, or $31.10 per hour.
  3. Registered nurses are the largest occupation in the healthcare industry.
  4. Forty-eight percent of RNs work in general medical and surgical (private) hospitals.
  5. Typical nurse responsibilities include recording patients’ medical histories and symptoms, administering medication, conducting patient observation, operating medical equipment, assisting with diagnosis and teaching patients and family members how to treat an illness or injury (both onsite and after discharge).
  6. There are a number of nursing specialties including addiction, cardiovascular, genetics, nephrology and critical care.
  7. RNs in advanced practice may provide primary and specialty care to patients, and in many states, are legally able to write prescriptions.
  8. The three most common paths to becoming an RN are a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma from an approved nursing program.
  9. BSN programs often include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, administration and critical thinking.
  10. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is often required for management positions, research, consulting and teaching.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses, at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited May 08, 2013).

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