Nurses have been nursing long before high-technology monitors, revolutionary medications - even before hospitals. But do you know these modern-day facts about your profession, compiled by the American Nurses Association?
* Of the 2 million registered nurses, 1 .67 million (80%) are currently working.
* Although nursing remains a predominately female profession, an increasing number of men are going into the field. Nearly 6% of the 1 988 nursing school graduates were men.
* About 68% of all employed nurses work in a hospital; 7.7% work in ambulatory care clinics; 6.8% work in community health; and 6.6% work in long-term care settings.
* According to the National League for Nursing, the ethnic background of graduating students in the 1987-1988 academic year was heavily white, non-Hispanic (86.7%), followed by black (8.3%), Hispanic (2.9%), and Asian (1 .6%). Native Americans comprised the smallest percentage of the total (0.5%).
* There are 1,457 RN programs, 197 master's degree programs, and 46 doctoral degree programs, according to the National League for Nursing.
* The National League for Nursing calculated the average tuition rates for nursing programs for the 1988-1989 academic year: all publicly supported basic RN programs cost an average of $1,089; privately supported basic RN programs were $4,81 1 . Nearly 68% of all basic RN programs are publicly funded.