Category Archives: Nursing Stories

All in a day’s work: The nurses who helped fight the floods

Photo: Destroyed by floods: collapse of Nebraska's Spencer Dam

When the Spencer Dam in Nebraska collapsed in the wake of the “Bomb Cyclone,” an 11-foot wave gushed through the breach, threatening downstream Boyd county and its hospital, which were already struggling to cope with perilously rising waters. One of the nurses wrote us to recount how they braved the challenge.

This nurse went well beyond the call of duty

Video stil: Terry Slinde meets his kidney donor, nurse Anna Boelman

When Terry Slinde walked into Iowa Methodist Medical Center one Tuesday morning last month to meet the person who had donated a kidney to him, he didn’t know what to expect. All he knew was how grateful he was to the person who’d helped him live. Imagine his surprise when he came face-to-face with his donor, Anna Boelman. Continue Reading

The nurses who stood by Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo: The Medical Committee for Civil Rights at the March on Washington

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman,” Martin Luther King Jr. told the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) at its 1966 convention . Hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers had rallied behind the organisation and its predecessor, the MCCR, in the previous Continue Reading

This nurse is officially the star of Christmas Eve!

Photo: Nurse turns hair into Christmas tree

It’s Christmas Eve, and families around the country are coming together to celebrate the holidays… except you’re a nurse, and you couldn’t get time off. Problem? Not necessarily! “Nursing is a 24/7/365 job,” writes budding nurse blogger Deb Aston. “Just like police officers, EMTs, and firemen/women,” nurses “know the expectations going into our roles. I Continue Reading

Who was your “Uncle Jack”?

Quote: Uncle Jack as nurse role model

A long while ago, we asked you to tell us about your personal nursing superheroes: the people who motivated and inspired you, or set an example you have tried to live by. This Thanksgiving, we’d like to share the story that perhaps moved us most of all. Thank you, Heather Wilson! Who was your “Uncle Continue Reading

Does getting there the hard way make for the best nurses?

Photo: The story of Faye Lewis, from KFC to RN:

You might have heard already about Faye Lewis. The first job Faye did was serving fried chicken at KFC. She worked her way up to manager, even as she raised her son AJ and enrolled in college. Got a job as a Housekeeper at an Assisted Living Facility. Completed her CNA training. Went on to Continue Reading

Extraordinary Nurses: Meet Rachelle Roggiero

Rachelle Roggiero is the latest winner of of our weekly NurseSwag giveaway. Rachelle is a registered nurse who works for an ambulance district covering an area of 400 square miles. She also works as a volunteer firefighter. I have been a registered nurse for 8 short years. I’ve known I wanted to get into the Continue Reading

Let’s do Nurses Week every week! We supercharged our photo contests so we can send out far more gifts, and these are the first new winners

Photo: Brenda Raetz, Jody Eaton

If there’s one thing that makes us happy here at NurseRecruiter.com, it’s sending gifts to nurses like you to express our appreciation for all the work you do. It’s a little silly and we’re a modest company, but it’s just what makes us tick! Last Nurses Week alone, we sent out free pizza to 14 Continue Reading

Becoming a nurse: Meet Emily Petersen

We are pleased to announce that we have selected Emily Petersen, a nursing student at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, as the next recipient of our NurseRecruiter.com Scholarship grant. With the NurseRecruiter Scholarship, we want to encourage promising future nurses who have already demonstrated a willingness and ability to achieve remarkable things. Emily Continue Reading

Pride, passion, experience and expertise: older nurses have been helping to stem the nursing shortage, but a crisis looms

Anne Lamott quote: "We contain all the ages..."

A perfect storm is coming for nurses. Just when the number of senior citizens who need complex medical care is set to rise sharply, no fewer than one million nurses are leaving the profession. The reason for both things is the same: the baby boomer generation. Luckily, nurses have been increasingly likely to keep working Continue Reading