Tag Archives: Registered Nurses

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

“I kicked my doctors but I loved my nurses”: woman who survived cancer as a child now works alongside the RNs who cared for her

Photo: Rachel Smith, RN

Rachel Oliver Smith is a Registered Nurse at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. She gets along with her colleagues well. But there is a special reason why she has a particularly strong bond with some of them, and with the hospital which employs her. When Rachel was just four years old, she was diagnosed with T-cell Continue Reading

Ever more men work as Registered Nurses

Chart: The Rise of Men in Nursing

There are probably as many as 300,000 male Registered Nurses in the United States – although, as we found out in our last post on #MenInNursing, what the exact number is really depends on whom you ask. What we know for sure is that the number has been steadily rising over the years. Just two generations ago, Continue Reading

It’s a long way up but it’s good when you get there: from homeless to RN

Video still: Tiarra Barrera

When Tiarra Barrera-Hammond was in her early 20s, she’d just arrived in California and struggled to make ends meet. As the mother of two little children, she’d been living with her partner in Las Vegas, but she’d had to leave with nothing. “I was just trying to get away,” she explains, looking back now. It was tough. “I had no Continue Reading

How many men are there in nursing? All depends on whom you ask

Chart: What's the percentage of male registered nurses?

There was a time when legal barriers kept men from working as nurses and “nursing schools often refused to admit men.” It took a Supreme Court ruling in 1982 to change that, the report Men in Nursing Occupations recounted. These days it’s hard to imagine that it was ever so. Male Registered Nurses now constitute “a 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

Back-breaking work? A shocking 4-part NPR report on the extraordinary health risks nurses face – and a couple of charts and leads of our own

Chart: Musculoskeletal work injuries by occupation: percentages

  National Public Radio conducted an impressively in-depth, four-part report about the working conditions and health risks of nurses, full of worrying statistical data and heartbreaking personal stories. The short of it: “nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other injuries than almost any other occupation — and they get those injuries mainly from doing Continue Reading

Go West, Young Nurse?

Registered Nurses: Employment growth (chart)

  Over five years after the global financial crisis, jobs are still scarcer than they used to be in the United States – but not everywhere! In true American spirit, for example, thousands of people looking for jobs – or better-paying jobs – have been trekking north and west to “men camps” in rugged states Continue Reading