Interesting facts about Nurses:
Florence Nightingale, a Britishwoman, is credited with establishing modern nursing practices. Nursing the sick was not considered a respectable profession prior to her work.
While female nurses have traditionally been the majority, male nursing is on the rise. By 2021, 12% of US nurses would be male, up from 2.7% in 1970.
While modern nursing is only a few hundred years old, ancient Romans practiced it as early as 300 CE.
Because Catholic nuns frequently worked as nurses, it became common for Europeans to refer to nurses as “Sister,” though this practice is fading as more men enter the profession.
The term “nurse” is derived from a Latin term that refers to sucking infants.
Mary Breckinridge, a nurse, founded the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925, a Kentucky organization that sent female nurses out on horseback to care for thousands of rural patients.
In the third century AD, Saint Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, is thought to have established the first nursing home for the elderly.
Saint Basil, Saint Benedict, and William Rathbone were all famous male historical figures who worked as nurses.
Saint Marcella, a Roman noblewoman who died in 410 AD, was the first educator to include nursing skills in her curriculum.
The first known visiting nurse was a Roman woman named Phoebe, who rose to prominence as the Apostle Paul’s confidante.
“Nursing” has the same root word as “nourish,” “nutrition,” and “nursery.”
The first district nurse, the first nurse educator, and two of the first hospital and hospice founders were all wealthy, noble-born women of ancient Rome.
In the United States, newly graduated nurses take the Nightingale Pledge, which is based on the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors.
Nursing has been named America’s most honest and ethical profession 14 times in a row in a Gallup poll.
Florence Nightingale, a nineteenth-century nursing pioneer, was known as the “Lady with the Lamp.”
In the United States, there are approximately 3.6 million nurses.
There are more than 100 different nursing specializations.
More people work as nurses than in any other healthcare profession.
Early doctors, known as “medicine men” in the ancient world, were frequently assisted by mothers who served as nurses.
The average registered nurse in the United States earned around $75,000 per year in 2021.
State statutes distinguish between two types of professional nurses: licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN).
Over 220,000 nursing jobs are expected to be created in the United States during the 2020s.
In response to the critical need for nurses during WWII, the United States American Nurses Association ended their policy of racial segregation of nurses.
To practice, all aspiring nurses in the United States, Canada, and Australia must pass the NCLEX, or National Council Licensure Examination.
A recent ranking of the best healthcare jobs in the United States ranked registered nurse 14th out of 29.
Professional nurses have only recently begun to conduct scientific research on issues related to their profession.
Registered nurses may specialize in one disease or body part.
Despite her parents’ objections, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, turned down a marriage proposal to become a nurse.
While nursing has become more common and sophisticated in South-East Asia in recent years, the World Health Organization estimates that the region will require 7.6 million more nurses by 2030.
Nurses account for 59% of the global healthcare workforce.
Many of the black American nurses who served during WWII were assigned the unwelcome task of caring for Nazi POWs rather than US soldiers.