Tag Archives: nursing heroism

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

Nurses eat their young, they say. But I met my nurse superhero when I needed one most!

Photo: Ja'el Mitten

Where would a nurse be without supportive peers and colleagues? How different would your work have been without that fellow nurse who pulled you through, when you really needed the back-up? When we asked you who your nursing superhero is, Ja’el Mitten got in touch to tell us this moving story about hers. Ja’el is a Registered Nurse in 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

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

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

Police officer studying to be a Registered Nurse uses his new skills to save someone’s life

Video still: Mitch Heaney

Nurses often save lives. Police officers often save lives. So it’s maybe no wonder that Mitch Heaney, who works in the blighted community of Highland Park (an enclave in Detroit), turned out to be a hero. After all, he’s a police officer studying to be a nurse. Heaney and his partner responded to an emergency call about Continue Reading

The best that nurses can be: Five uplifting and inspiring stories about exceptional nurses

Gary Bentley and nurse, the old photo

The week of May 6 -12 has been “National Nurses Week” for over twenty years now, and this year too it will be a unique occasion to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. To kick off the week, we’d like to highlight just a handful Continue Reading