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Minority Nursing Statistics


  • There are 2,694,540 licensed registered nurses in the United States. International Nurses

  • Approximately 146,902 RNs are men – only 5.4% of the total nursing population.

  • Only 9.1% of all RNs are under the age of 30. The average age of the RN population in the United States is 45.2 years.

  • 38% of male RNs are under 40 compared with 31% of female RNs. Twenty- one percent of male RNs are 50 years of age or older, compared with 34% of female RNs.

  • Approximately 87% of all RNs are Caucasian; 4.9% are African American; 3.7% are Asian or Pacific Islander; 2% are Hispanic; 0.5% are American Indian or Alaska Native; and 1.2% categorize themselves as "multiracial" (two or more races).

  • There are approximately 133,041 black (non-Hispanic) nurses.

  • There are approximately 54,861 Hispanic/Latino nurses.

  • There are approximately 93,415 Asian/Pacific Islander nurses.

  • There are approximately 13,040 American Indian/Alaska Native nurses.

  • Between 1996 and 2000, the number of minority RNs increased at a faster rate (about 35%) than the number of non-minority RNs (2%).

  • More than three-quarters of all licensed RNs (81.7%) are employed in the nursing field.

  • 86% of minority nurses are currently employed in nursing, compared to 81% of non-minority nurses.

  • Minority nurses employed in nursing are more likely than non-minority nurses to be employed full time: 77% of Hispanic/Latino RNs and 86% of African- American and Asian/Pacific Islander RNs are working full time, compared to about 70% of Caucasian RNs.

  • Hospitals are the primary practice setting for 59% of all nurses.

  • 18.2% of all nurses work in public/community health settings.

  • The Pacific area of the United States has the highest percentage of minority nurses (21%).

  • Black nurses are more likely to be found in the southern areas of the United States.

  • Higher proportions of the nurses in the West South Central, Pacific and Mountain areas are from Hispanic backgrounds than in other parts of the country.

  • Asian/Pacific Islander nurses are more likely to be found in the Pacific, Middle Atlantic and West South Central areas of the country.

  • Black and Asian/Pacific Islander nurses are more likely than all other nurses to have at least baccalaureate preparation.

  • 11% of black nurses have master's or doctoral degrees, compared to 10.4% of Caucasian nurses and 8.4% of Hispanic nurses.

  • Nearly 10% of advanced practice nurses are from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. Approximately 11% of nurse practitioners are minority nurses.


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