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Registered Professional Nurse


The practice of the profession of nursing as a registered professional nurse is defined as diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case finding, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being, and executing medical regimens prescribed by a licensed physician, dentist or other licensed health care provider legally authorized under this title and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. A nursing regimen shall be consistent with and shall not vary any existing medical regimen.

Practicing in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, health centers, public health centers, private offices, private homes and industry, registered professional nurses:

  • Execute medical regimens as prescribed by licensed physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and podiatrists, and dentists,
  • Assist, through in-depth assessment, a patient’s ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances created by changes in health status,
  • Teach and counsel on health procedures, emotional adjustment and adaptation of the patient and their families,
  • Identify, through case-finding and critical analysis, a patient’s, family’s, or community’s deviation from health and wellbeing and advocate for, initiate and recommend appropriate actions including the establishment of safe environments,
  • Manage and deliver restorative or palliative care to the ill, disabled and dying,
  • Participate in research, shaping health policy and inpatient and health systems management, and
  • Embrace fundamental values and obligations beyond that of a private citizen including ethical obligations and a recognition of patients’ rights to confidentiality.

Additionally, the request included current numbers of licenses issued and active in New York State. According to the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) Office of the Professions website, the number of licensed registered professional nurses in New York State was:

  • 2010: 13,572
  • 2011: 13,480

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 120
Fax: (518) 474-3706

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1141 - Registered Nurses
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Nurses' Association
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024-2571
Phone: (800) 274-4262

New York State Nurses Association
11 Cornell Road
Latham, New York 12110
Phone: (518) 782-9400


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 9/7/12.

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