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Registered Professional Nurse


A registered professional nurse (RN) is a licensed health professional who has an independent, a dependent and a collaborative role in the care of individuals of all ages, as well as families, groups and communities. Such care may be provided to sick or well persons. The registered nurse uses the art of caring and the science of healthcare to focus on quality of life. The registered nurse accomplishes this through nursing diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s, family’s or community’s responses to health problems that include but are not limited to issues involving the medical diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness.

Registered Nurses practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, health centers, public health centers, private offices, private homes and industry.

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:

  • 2012: 14,297
  • 2013: 14,090

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 280
Fax: (518) 474-3398

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
8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (800) 274-4262

New York State Nurses Association
131 West 33rd Street, 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 785-0157


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 12/02/14.

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