Celebrate National Nurses Week!

Celebrate National Nurses Week!

US Census Press Releases

May 06, 2009

National Nurses Week coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Many consider Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. The history of Nurses Week began in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent the proposal to President Eisenhower. In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a “National Nurse Week.” The celebration of National Hospital Week began in 1921 when a magazine editor suggested that more information about hospitals might alleviate public fears about them.

Nurses in the United States by the Numbers

2.4 million
Number of registered nurses

Percentage of registered nurses who are women

Projected growth in the number of registered nurses between 2002 and 2012. It is expected that registered nurses will experience the largest job growth of any occupation during this time period.

Number of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Number of nurses per 100,000 residents in Massachusetts, the highest rate among states. (The District of Columbia has 1,498.) Nevada, with 517, has the lowest rate.

1.8 million
Number of nursing, psychiatric and home health aides

Test Your Nursing Trivia IQ!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Happy nurse's day!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    We are the most respected profession every year (except for 2001, firefighter and 911) for the last decade. Believe me it may not be "happy happy joy joy " daily but the reward comes from within!!!! If you made a difference one patient at a time, that is all that counts!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    Im a nursing student and would like to know some of the ways that nurses are mistreated, because so far i've seen them treated well at the facilities i go to anyways.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    It would be nice if Nurses felt rewarded for a job well done instead of degraded and down played.
    Yes, it's National Nurses week and who is noticing the Nurses that serve on a daily basis?

NursingLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a nursing or healthcare degree program. Use NursingLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.