Category Archives: Nursing Stories

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

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

Paying it forward: Nurses who teach and mentor

Photo: Pamela Day

“As long as I live, I will never forget my nurse superhero,” Ja’el Mitten told us in her response to our nursing superhero call, but she added something important. It’s because of how that nurse helped her when she was still inexperienced and insecure, she wrote, that “I mentor new nurses and encourage them to Continue Reading

Closer than you think: Sometimes the nursing superhero is you!

Who’s your nursing superhero? That’s what we asked you. Nominate a truly exceptional nurse: one who worked hard to get where they are now, and does an amazing job. Some of you recommended a close colleague, a mentor, or someone you’re proud of having hired, a long time ago, who grew to be an expert Continue Reading

Show your experience: Take part in our photo contest!

Collage: Photo contest submissions

Nurses with experience are changing the face of the profession. Even though impressive numbers of new nursing grads are entering the work place every year, the share of nurses aged 50 or over is expected to reach “at least 40%” by 2020. The average age of registered nurses is rising, and now stands at 45 years. Continue Reading

She helped me through three open heart surgeries, and inspired me to become an RN myself: Nursing superheroes

#HelpFindPat: Quote

We asked: Who’s your nursing superhero? Who’s the nurse who made all the difference to you? Your role model, your dream colleague, or simply the nurse you admire most? You responded, and how! You sent in an impressive range of submissions — moving stories, inspiring stories, colorful stories, and above all: heartfelt stories. We will be Continue Reading

The Future Face of Nursing? This Nurse Is Very Experienced Indeed

Photo: Kathryn Hodges, New Jersey's oldest nurse

Kathryn Hodges is 97 years old. She’s also the Public Health Nurse for the borough of Emerson, New Jersey. That makes her easily the oldest licensed registered nurse of the state, and quite probably the oldest in the country. “Crazy, isn’t it? I always wanted to be a nurse, and I’ve always been one!” Imagine this: Continue Reading

Who’s your nursing superhero? Share your story with us

Photo: RN Superhero t-shirt

If you’re a nurse, you’ll have had that one colleague. The one who just has this gift with patients, who they remember with a smile. The one you learned something from that changed the whole way you looked at your work. The one who makes you laugh, right when you need it most. If they hadn’t been there, how Continue Reading

Dear nurses, these two chronically ill college students have a message for you

Quote: Thank you, nurses

Online, they call themselves “Nemo” (“just keep swimming”) and “Tremors”. They’re college roommates, fighting the odds to get their degrees while struggling with severe illness. “Nemo” had her first heart surgery when she was six months old, and her second when she was six years old. She’s been diagnosed with Polysplenia, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and Continue Reading