Here are 15 facts about nursing!
1. 49 of the 50 states allow advanced practice nurses to prescribe medication to patients
2. The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses was formed in 1908.
3. Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, was a volunteer nurse in Union hospitals
4. Famous writer Walt Whitman was also a volunteer nurse during the Civil War. Over time, he worked in over 40 hospitals, which greatly influenced his perspective, and in turn, his famous writing. This included his poem “Memoranda During the War.”5. Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in modern history, was only a nurse for three years of her life (b. 1820 d. 1910).
6. Many nurses complete their continuing-education-units by enrolling in courses offered through online schools
7. In the US, the ratio of registered nurses to doctors is 4:1
8. According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, as of October 2009, there are 354,137 active nurses and 18,391 inactive nurses
9. There is a severe shortage of nursing faculty who are trained to teach students who are enrolled in nursing school
10. An 8 to 10 hour shift is considered a normal nursing shift; anything after 12 hours is considered dangerous, as overworking nurses can put them at risk for error
11. Entry-level nurses, or first-year nurses, earn more than the average college graduate who takes a job fresh out of school
12. Nurses make up the largest healthcare population: 2.5 million jobs
13. In 1783 a black slave named James Derham worked as a nurse in New Orleans, eventually earning enough money to buy his freedom and move to Philadelphia, where he studied medicine and became a doctor
14. The first nursing school in history dates back to 250 B.C. and was located in India15. Within the United States and Canada, only 168,181 nurses are men, making up only 5.8% of the total nursing population
www.thenursingblog.com April 2011
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