From bricks to scrubs: Thanks to a nurse’s encouraging words, stroke victim John McElroy found his way from the factory to the hospital

Video still: John McElroy, brick maker turned registered nurse

Your nurse was not always a nurse. Take Annell Farris, who became a nurse at age 59 (!) and won one of our nurse photo contests. People can come to nursing from very different backgrounds, and former brick maker John McElroy is a great example. “I worked in a local brick factory for about twenty-five years,” Continue Reading

“What makes a nurse not only a good nurse, but a hero?”

Cindy Varra quote: "She is never afraid to ask.."

“What makes a nurse not only a good nurse but a hero?” That’s the key question Courtney Butler raised after we called for your nursing superhero stories. What would your answer be? We present two more examples here. Courtney knows who hers is: Cindy Varra, a Registered Nurse in Colorado. Kiuarna Summers wrote in to explain why Continue Reading

From pediatric nurse to businesswoman: Tranquilo Mat’s Melissa Gersin has advice for new parents and entrepreneurial nurses

Photo of Melissa Gersin: Nurse turned entrepreneur

Melissa Gersin was an EMT and a pediatrics nurse – not very different from any of you. Then she hit on the idea of designing the “Tranquilo Mat”, a baby soothing mat which emulates the sounds and movements of the womb. Now she is a successful businesswoman, who persuaded not just one, but three of Continue Reading

When violence comes to the hospital

Video screencap: Donna Lee Peterkin, Registered Nurse at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center; she survived the shooting spree by Henry Bello

“This is supposed to be a place where we save and heal people,” Donna Lee Peterkin told a news conference this week. She is a registered nurse at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City, and recounted what she did when Henry Bello went on his brutal shooting spree exactly one week ago. She was Continue Reading

From kitchen to operating room? How hundreds of hospital employees, from cooks to lab workers, went to nursing school — for free

Photo: Graduates from Medical City's 2-Step Nursing Pathway program.

A hospital system in Northern Texas has been offering hundreds of its employees the chance to go to nursing school and get an associate degree in nursing — for free, Dallas News reported this week. Medical City Healthcare, which runs 13 hospitals, will pay for their tuition, fees, books and uniforms, as long as they make a two-year Continue Reading

She was a Pediatric Nurse, tending to three crying infants — then the idea hit her. Now her Tranquilo mats are soothing babies everywhere, and you can win one!

Tranquilo Mat

Pediatric nurse Melissa Gersin was having a particularly stressful shift in the nursery. Three babies all needed soothing, but there wasn’t much equipment, so she used her hands, feet, voice and cellphone to tend to everything at the same time. She would hush one child in a bassinette, move the seat of a second baby Continue Reading

The sweetest thing: Tell us your story and win a box of donuts!

National Donut Day: What's the sweetest thing that ever happened to you as a nurse?

If you’ve been a nurse for long enough, you’ve seen it all. Things that made you laugh, cry and roll your eyes. And a couple of things no-one else would believe! But what’s the sweetest thing that ever happened to you as a nurse? We’d love to hear about it, and today is just the day Continue Reading

Tap dance. Nursing. See the connection?

Video still: Tap dancing ECG rhythms with Kathy McCauley!

It’s May 25, so it’s National Tap Dance Day! (Yes, it really exists. It’s official, even. President Bush signed it into law in 2004.) Which is great fun, but what could it possibly have to do with nurses? Well, we dug into the YouTube archives and we found a link. It’s quite amusing, and instructive to boot! This Continue Reading

The nurse who loved crocs

Photo: Christy Kroboth, dental nurse, alligator hunter

Being a nurse is deeply rewarding in many ways, but hey, it’s okay — all of us, in any profession, sometimes daydream about other lives we could be living. What’s your secret fantasy career? Do you still sometimes wonder how good an astronaut you would have been? What life as a fashion designer would be Continue Reading

7 states. 122 nurses. Our small contribution to Nurses Week 2017

Photo: Nursing Week pizza winners! Neonatal nursing team at Methodist Northlake in Gary, IN

7 states. 122 nurses. And counting! During Nurses Week, NurseRecruiter promised to buy two nursing teams a free pizza lunch or dinner every day. We’re all about team spirit, so we loved to see how many of you reached out to get your whole unit a nice surprise! We got in touch with winners from Phoenix to Philadelphia. Continue Reading