Doctor Database Facts on Registered Nurses in USA (2019)

A registered nurse is a person who has successfully graduated from an accredited nursing school, who is licensed or certified, and is practicing within the scope of that license or certification. They assist patients in recovering and maintaining their physical or mental health. Nurses also assist physicians during treatments and examinations and administer medications. Areas of work include health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic care and restoration and maintenance of health across the life span.

Each month Doctor Database provides the latest numbers of nurses in each state as well as the complete USA.

As of March 2019 there are 546,966 registered nurses in 51 states.

The following is a breakdown by state (with percentage of females):

  • Alabama – 7,727 (81%)
  • Alaska – 2,354 (88%)
  • Arizona – 11,950(88%)
  • Arkansas – 5,199 (85%)
  • California – 43,021 (85%)
  • Colorado – 10,790 (90%)
  • Connecticut – 5,654 (91%)
  • Delaware – 3,152 (91%)
  • Florida – 32,471 (84%)
  • Georgia – 16,253 (86%)
  • Hawaii – 1,592 (86%)
  • Idaho – 1,920 (72%)
  • Illinois – 14,873 (90%)
  • Indiana – 8,806 (91%)
  • Iowa – 3,647 (88%)
  • Kansas – 4,651 (84%)
  • Kentucky – 8,159 (86%)
  • Louisiana – 7,186 (81%)
  • Maine – 2,623 (88%)
  • Maryland – 9,564 (90%)
  • Massachusetts – 15,629 (91%)
  • Michigan – 16,407 (87%)
  • Minnesota – 10,876 (86%)
  • Mississippi – 5,227 (83%)
  • Missouri – 10,661 (87%)
  • Montana – 1,654 (87%)
  • Nebraska – 3,217 (87%)
  • Nevada – 2,812 (83%)
  • New Hampshire – 2,620 (88%)
  • New Jersey – 9,520 (90%)
  • New Mexico – 4,625 (85%)
  • New York – 63,713 (91%)
  • North Carolina – 14,135 (86%)
  • North Dakota – 1,720 (86%)
  • Ohio – 33,801 (89%)
  • Oklahoma – 5,230 (86%)
  • Oregon – 7,188 (86%)
  • Pennsylvania – 22,616 (88%)
  • Rhode Island – 2,134 (90%)
  • South Carolina – 8,237 (89%)
  • South Dakota – 1,927 (82%)
  • Tennessee – 16,876 (86%)
  • Texas – 37,026 (84%)
  • Utah – 3,465 (79%)
  • Vermont – 972 (90%)
  • Virginia – 10,268 (89%)
  • Washington – 11,719 (86%)
  • West Virginia – 3,298 (88%)
  • Wisconsin – 12,897 (90%)
  • Wyoming – 892 (87%)
  • District of Columbia – 2,062 (88%)

Nurse Subspecialities

The following is a list of nurse professions. Click on one to reveal the subspecialities of that field.

Advanced Practice Midwife
No subspecialities here.
Anesthesiologist Assistant
No subspecialities here.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Acute Care, Adult Health, Chronic Care, Community Health/Public Health, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency, Ethics, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic, Home Health, Informatics, Long-Term Care, Medical-Surgical, Neonatal, Neuroscience, Occupational Health, Oncology, Oncology, Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Perinatal, Perioperative, Psych/Mental Health, Psych/Mental Health, Adult, Psych/Mental Health, Child & Adolescent, Psych/Mental Health, Child & Family, Psych/Mental Health, Chronically Ill, Psych/Mental Health, Community, Psych/Mental Health, Geropsychiatric, Rehabilitation, School, Transplantation, Women’s Health
Licensed Practical Nurse
No subspecialities here.
Licensed Psychiatric Technician
No subspecialities here.
Licensed Vocational Nurse
No subspecialities here.
Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care, Adult Health, Community Health, Critical Care Medicine, Family, Gerontology, Neonatal, Neonatal, Critical Care, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Occupational Health, Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Critical Care, Perinatal, Primary Care, Psych/Mental Health, School, Women’s Health
Registered Nurse
Addiction (Substance Use Disorder), Administrator, Ambulatory Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Case Management, College Health, Community Health, Continence Care, Continuing Education/Staff Development, Critical Care Medicine, Diabetes Educator, Dialysis, Peritoneal, Emergency, Enterostomal Therapy, Flight, Gastroenterology, General Practice, Gerontology, Hemodialysis, Home Health, Hospice, Infection Control, Infusion Therapy, Lactation Consultant, Maternal Newborn, Medical-Surgical, Neonatal Intensive Care, Neonatal, Low-Risk, Nephrology, Neuroscience, Nurse Massage Therapist (NMT), Nutrition Support, Obstetric, High-Risk, Obstetric, Inpatient, Occupational Health, Oncology, Ophthalmic, Orthopedic, Ostomy Care, Otorhinolaryngology & Head-Neck, Pain Management, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatrics, Perinatal, Plastic Surgery, Psych/Mental Health, Psych/Mental Health, Adult, Psych/Mental Health, Child & Adolescent, Registered Nurse First Assistant, Rehabilitation, Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, School, Urology, Women’s Health Care, Ambulatory, Wound Care

Other Quick Facts on RNs

  • Women comprised 87.2% of RN’s in March 2019 ( 91.3% in 2006 ).
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018, 13.1 percent of all RNs were black, 9.0 percent were Asian, and 7.2 percent were Hispanic (10.9, 7.5, 4.2 in 2016 respectively).
  • About 3 out of 5 jobs as RN’s are in hospitals.
  • Job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough RN’s.