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April 13, 2015

There are 115,095 professionally active nurses in New Jersey, according to, a website provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of those, 95,041 are registered nurses and 20,054 are licensed practice nurses.

That ratio of licensed practical nurses to registered nurses is somewhat higher nationally, with 833,000 LPNs to 3,083,000 RNs -- a 27 percent ratio. The New Jersey ratio is somewhat more in favor of the RNs; LPNs are about 21 percent of the nursing workforce.

When it comes to physician’s assistants, according to the website, New Jersey has 1,988. Nationally, the number is 91,935.

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