Nursing Fast Facts
These nursing facts provide great trivia on a fast-growing health career field. New technology has helped to make nursing even more effective at caring for patients, and hospitals and medical centers are always on the lookout for new nurses.
- By 2022, nursing will have 3.44 million jobs! That is a 20.2 percent increase from 2014. The projected number of new Registered Nursing jobs is 574,400 around the same time that 555,100 current nurses retire or leave the field. Replacement needs for new nurses is at an all-time high.
- The national median salary (which means that it is the salary in the middle) is around $66,200. Nurses can receive lower or higher salaries depending on where they work and their experience level. The average salary for Registered Nurses is $68,910.
- Registered Nursing ranks first in all occupations that only require an associate’s degree to enter the field. For all education levels, RNs also rank in 5th place for occupations with the highest levels of employment. The prospects for nurses is quite good!
- The average age for nurses is 50 years old. It is never too late to begin a career in nursing! Some nurses can be as young as 19 or 20, but mature workers also enter the field.
- Between 2010 and 2013, male nurses accounted for 11 percent of all licensed nurses. This is an increase from the 5 percent in 2000.
How to Become a Nurse
To become a nurse, you need to earn at least an associate’s degree in nursing and pass the NCLEX for licensure. Health Career Institute offers an associate degree that can be completed at either the West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale campus. Some courses can be done online! The program is 72 credits and includes classroom instruction, hands-on clinical labs, and an externship at a hospital.
Students learn how to apply theory and medical knowledge in real-life medical situations. They will get to work with doctors and nurses and help with actual patients. By the time the program is completed, the student nurse should be well prepared to pass the state licensure exam for Registered Nursing. Contact us to learn more!