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Who are the nurses currently working in Connecticut?

There are approximately 76,000 nurses in Connecticut. 64,000 are Registered Nurses (RNs) and 12,500 are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). About 60,000 nurses live in Connecticut, and 15,000 live outside of the state. Of those, more than a third (5,700) live in the nearby states—Massachusetts, New York or Rhode Island. Of the nurses that are currently licensed in Connecticut and live in Connecticut, around 48,000 are RNs and 12,000 are LPNs.

About the data

The data used in this Nursing Workforce Supply Report was extracted from the 2017 Connecticut Nurse Licensure System Dataset collected by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) via the online NurSys Annual Licensing System using the Minimum Data Set for Nursing SUPPLY created by the National FORUM. The CT DPH, CCNW and the CT Data Collaborative (CDC) aggregated and analyzed these data for reporting purposes.

Not all data are required to be entered in the survey, so each data point could have a different sample size. This data story focuses on nurses who are licensed in Connecticut and who are actively working in or around Connecticut.

Gender

The vast majority, or 92% of licensed nurses in Connecticut are female. The same is true of Registered Nurses (92%) and Licensed Practical Nurses (91%).

Age

The age of Registered Nurses who work in Connecticut range from 20 to 93, and the median is 50. Licensed Practical Nurses are from 20 to 90 years old, and the median age is 47.

The chart below shows a histogram of ages of RNs and LPNs currently working in Connecticut.

Race & Ethnicity

In the survey, races were not mutually exclusive, meaning that nurses could select more than one race. Therefore, the counts do not add up to the total count of nurses who responded to the question.

Registered Nurses

Approximately 47,000 Registered Nurses identified their race. 81% of the respondents identified as White, 7% identified as African American, 5% identified as Asian, 4% identified as Hispanic, and 2% identified as other. Less than 1% identified as American Indian or as Pacific Islander.

Licensed Practical Nurses

About 12,000 LPNs identified their race. 60% of the respondents identified as White, 25% identified as African American, 8% identified as Hispanic, 2% identified as Asian, 3% identified as other. Less than 1% identified as American Indian or as Pacific Islander.

There is more racial diversity among the LPNs than the RNs.

When did they get their license?

Where were they educated?

Of the nurses who are licensed in Connecticut, nearly half (about 37,000) were educated in Connecticut. Of all the nurses educated in Connecticut, 76% were RNs and 24% were LPNs.

Because of how the data was collected using the survey, we got over 3,500 different spellings of educational institution names where nurses received their licenses, when in fact there are only several dozen instututions that issue nursing licenses. In addition, some programs were merged or closed in the past. After dataset cleanup, we ended up with about 1,300 spellings of schools, and in the tables below we report the lower boundary for nursing licenses awarded by those institutions. The true number would be slightly higher for all programs.

Registered Nurses

University of Connecticut, CT State University System, Quinnipiac, and Hartford's Capital Community College, among other universities, community colleges, and hospital-affiliated nursing schools are the major suppliers of RNs in Connecticut.

Program Nurses Licensed
University of Connecticut 2800+
Capital Community College 2000+
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing 1700+
Saint Vincent's College 1700+
Southern Connecticut State University 1600+
Naugatuck Valley Community College 1200+
Quinnipiac University 1200+
Goodwin College 1200+
Western Connecticut State University 1000+
Three Rivers Community College 900+
University Of Saint Joseph 900+
Saint Francis Hospital 900+
Fairfield University 800+
Norwalk Community College 800+
Gateway Community College 600+
University Of Bridgeport 600+
St Mary's 500+
Wilcox College of Nursing 500+
Yale School of Nursing 400+
Mattatuck Community College 300+
Sacred Heart University 300+
Central Connecticut State University 200+
Hartford Hospital 200+
Mohegan Community College 100+

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses get their licenses awarded primarily by technical high schools and for-profit vocational institutions.

Program Nurses Licensed
Lincoln Technical Institute 1900+
Stone Academy 1000+
New England Technical Institute 400+
AI Prince Technical High School 400+
WF Kaynor Technical High School 400+
Eli Whitney Technical School 300+
Bullard-Havens Technical High School 300+
Porter and Chester Institute 300+
Vinal Technical High School 300+
EC Goodwin Technical High School 200+
Norwich Technical High School 200+
Henry Abbott Technical High School 200+
Windham Technical High School 200+
JM Wright Technical High School 100+
Howell Cheney Technical High School 100+

Nurses by Degree Type

Registered Nurses
About 47,000 RNs reported their education.

Most Registered Nurses have a Bachelor's degree (38%), followed by an Associate's degree in nursing (21%). 13% have a Master's in nursing, 1% have a Doctorate in nursing. Less than 0.1% have a vocational certificate.

Licensed Practical Nurses

Of the LPNs who reported their educational attainment (about 6,000), 91% have a vocational certificate in nursing. 7% have an Associate's degree, 1% have a Bachelor's in nursing. Less than 1% have a Master's degree in nursing, and less than 0.1% have a Doctorate degree.

How do they work?

Most nurses that work in clinical settings are employed in a position that requires their license. Most of these nurses work full time.

Registered Nurses

Approximately 22% of licensed nurses did not disclose their work setting. 39% of CT's Registered Nurses work in hospitals.

16% work in nursing homes/extended care/assisted living facilities,
9% work in ambulatory care setting,
8% work in home health,
4% work in school health service,
4% work in insurance claims/benefits,
3% work in community health,
2% work in academic settings,
1% work in public health,
1% work in correctional facilities,
1% work in occupational health and
<1% work in a policy/planning/regulatory/ licensing agency.

12% of RNs work in "other" settings.

Licensed Practical Nurses

Approximately 28% of LPNs did not disclose their work setting. Almost 40% of CT's LPNs work in nursing home/extended care/assisted living facilities.

10% work in home health settings,
5% work in ambulatory care settings,
3% work in hospitals,
3% work in community health,
2% work in public health,
1% work in school health services,
1% work in insurance claims/benefits,
<1% work in correctional facilities,
<1% work in academic settings,
<1% work in occupational health and
<1% work in a policy/planning/regulatory/licensing agency.

8% of LPNs work in "other" settings.

Nurses by Type of Work Setting

RNs LPNs Total
Actively employed in nursing or in a position that requires a nurse license (Full-time) 82% 18% 48,773
Actively employed in nursing or in a position that requires a nurse license (Part-time) 80% 20% 7,578
Actively employed in nursing or in a position that requires a nurse license (Per diem) 80% 20% 3,209
Working in nursing only as a volunteer 84% 16% 546

Registered Nurses by Position Type

Most RNs indicated that they were staff nurses.

Position # %
Staff Nurse 35,059 64%
Nurse Manager 6,021 11%
Nurse Researcher 271 0.5%
Nurse Faculty 1,355 2.5%
Advance Practice Nurse 3,994 7.3%
Other – Health Related 5,176 9.4%
Nursing Consultant 1,567 2.9%
Nurse Executive 1,094 2.0%
Other – Not Health Related 250 0.5%

Where do they live?

Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven, Milford, Hamden, and Stratford all house over 1,000 nurses. Most Registered Nurses live in Milford, West Hartford, Hamden, and Stamford. Most Licensed Practical Nurses live in Bridgeport and Waterbury (both over 500), followed by New Haven and West Haven.

Where do they work?

Some of the biggest clusters of primary work location for Connecticut nurses are New Haven, Hartford, Middletown, Bridgeport, and Danbury.

Where Nurses are Needed

In Connecticut, certain towns have higher % of elderly population or more opioid deaths than others. Use the map below to explore such places. Each circle represents a town. Diameters correspond to values. The background color represents how many nurses work in the zip-code area.