Say it Loud, I’m a Nurse and I’m Proud: 10 Things to Know about Nursing


Maybe some of you only know me as an author; however, I’m also a nurse. Read my bio for information about the profession I love. This week is National Nurses Week (NNW) and I’d like to share a few facts about nursing with you from Scrubs Magazine.

  1. Linda Richards became the first nurse to earn a nursing diploma in the United States in 1873.
  2. One out of every four registered nurses works part time.
  3. The demand for registered nurses is expected to rise 21 to 35 percent through the first decade of the 21st century.
  4. In 1996, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that one million workers are assaulted every year in the workplace and that “Most of these assaults occur in service settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and social service agencies.”
  5. The American College of Nurse-Midwives was formed in 1955.
  6.  Walt Whitman’s service as a nurse during the American Civil War inspired many of his poems, including Memoranda During the War (b. 1819 d. 1892).
  7.  The first nursing school in history dates back to 250 B.C. and was located in India.
  8. Second Lieutenant Edward Lynn, in 1955, was the first male to be commissioned in the United States Army Nurse Corp.
  9. About three out of every five registered nurses work in hospitals.
  10. There are more nurses than any other workers in the health profession.

Do you know any nurses or aspiring nurses? Please share this post and its fun facts. If you are a nurse, I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a message in the comment section, please.