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The Chicago Nurse Expo will highlight nurse educator and nurse entrepreneur excellence as we gather for the first time ever to celebrate the most trusted profession in America. Our goal is to bring awareness to important discussions about what is happening in our own communities right here at home in Chicago. Let's take a look at some important topic discussions.


A 2020 NCSBN National Workforce Survey indicates....


Men in nursing only represent 9.4% of registered nurses and so we put a panel together to help them share the impact that they have contributed.

For people of color the report revealed the following racial demographics within the nursing field (2017 statistics in parentheses): 

  • 80.6% White/Caucasian (down from 80.8%)

  • 7.2% Asian (down from 7.5%)

  • 6.7% Black/African American (up from 6.2%) 

  • 2.3% Other (down from 2.9%) 

  • 2.1% More than one race category selected (up from 1.7%)

  • 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native (up from .4%)

  • 0.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (down from .5%)

  • 0.2% Middle Eastern/North African (2020 was the first survey with this category)


A shortage of nursing, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projects 175,900 openings for RNs each year through 2029 when nurse retirements and workforce exits are factored into the number of nurses needed in the U.S.

The lack of nurse educators and the lack of diversity of nurses entering the field will likely continue to widen this gap. 


For 2017 the average salary nursing statistics are also a great sign of health and longevity for the profession.

Typical salaries vary depending on the geographic location and facility in which a nurse is employed, but the overall national picture is encouraging. The BLS reported a 2020 median annual income for RNs of $75,330. 

The salaries are markedly higher for nurse practitioners, who earned a median wage of $111,680 as of May 2020. 


A salary of half this could lift entire families out of poverty as well as improve health outcomes. 


We will be spreading awareness as we bring together expert nurses with backgrounds in diversity, equity and inclusion, maternal health and wellness, education, nurse entrepreneurship, men in nursing and much more!


Source: Carson Newman University  National Workforce Survey

As we highlight EDUCATOR and ENTREPRENEUR EXCELLENCE, we want to introduce our KEYNOTE SPEAKER.



She is the Director of Nursing Research and Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center.

Check out her experience and how she transitioned as a nurse here.


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