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Between 2000 and 2004, the number of RNs living and working in the United States increased by 8% to nearly 3 million, according to statistics from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses. Conducted every 4 years, the survey sketched the following profile of nursing today:


1. 58% of RNs work full-time, almost 25% work part-time, and about 17% aren't employed in nursing


2. The average age for a nurse in March 2004 was 47, compared with 45 in 2000. In 1996, the average age was 42.


3. The average salary for full-time RNs was $56,784 in 2004, compared with $46,782 in 2000.


4. For the preliminary survey findings, visit