California is home to more than 330,000 actively licensed registered nurses (RNs), making nursing the single largest health profession in the state.
Key findings include:
The nursing workforce has grown more diverse. Non-white RNs accounted for almost half (48%) of employed nurses in 2015. However, compared to the state’s population, Latinos were significantly underrepresented in the RN workforce, while Filipinos and whites were significantly overrepresented.
The pre-licensure programs for RNs produced 11,119 graduates in 2015, slightly down from a high of 11,512 in 2010.
California’s RN workforce relies on foreign-educated nurses. In 2015, about one in five employed RNs were trained outside the US.
64% of employed RNs worked in a hospital in 2014. Another 15% were in ambulatory care.
Nurses’ average income was $100,000 in 2015.
In 2015, more than two-thirds (71%) of LVN graduates came from for-profit schools.
Quick reference guides, as well as a full report from 2010, are available under Document Downloads.