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Registered Professional Nurse


A registered professional nurse (RN) is a licensed health care professional who helps patients to achieve optimal health and prevent disease or injury. RNs provide compassionate care that is respectful of each patient's values and wishes. They coordinate and supervise care provided by other personnel, such as licensed practical nurses or home health aides. RNs provide health teaching to patients, families, other care providers and the public. They participate in health research and in making health care policies.

RNs may work independently, in collaboration with other health care personnel or under clinical supervision (i.e., from a physician or nurse practitioner). They work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, community residences, mental health facilities, clinics, private practices, surgery centers, county health departments, correctional facilities, work places, camps, schools and private homes.

Licensing Requirements:

You must be licensed and registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a registered professional nurse (RN) to practice nursing as an RN or refer to yourself as an “RN”, “registered nurse” or “registered professional nurse” in New York State.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $143.
The fee for a limited permit is $35.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 18,607 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 21,513 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 23,611 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 251,251 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Nursing
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234 -1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then 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:

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 2/8/21.

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