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Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
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Occupation Snapshot | Registered nurses, 2015-2019 | January 2021


Background

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families.

As of May 2019, there were 2,982,280 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $37.24 and the average annual wage was $77,460.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 20,150 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 102.1.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, registered nurses, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

9,530

Soreness, pain

3,470

Bruises, contusions

2,270

All other natures

2,270

Fractures

1,430

Part of body affected

Back

4,880

Multiple body parts

3,110

Shoulder

1,720

Knee

1,420

Hand

1,410

Source of injury or illness

Patient

8,130

Floors, walkways, ground surfaces

4,130

Worker motion or position

2,220

All other sources

2,150

Furniture, fixtures

1,170

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Fall on same level

4,330

Intentional injury by other person

1,840

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

1,720

Struck by object or equipment

990

Injury by person-unintentional or intent unknown

750

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 18 for registered nurses during 2019, compared to 13 during 2018.


Sources

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: February 4, 2021