Nursing facts everyone should know
Every year on May 12, the world celebrates International Nurses Day to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. This year the day was much more special due to the ongoing epidemic and the positions of nursing staff all around the world as the first line of workforce in combating the virus. Let’s gather some more information on this profession.
- The first Nursing school was established in India in 250 BC. Though at that time only men were allowed to work as nurses, the times have changed with women dominating the profession.
- 17th century shipwreck survivor Juan de Mena is considered the first nurse in the New World.
- Did you know that Linda Richards was the first nurse to earn a Nursing diploma in the United States? She earned it in 1873 and the proof of her graduation is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
- Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in modern history, was only a nurse for three years of her life (b. 1820 d. 1910).
- The nurse cap is patterned after a nun’s habit to keep the hair neatly in place. Although this clothing item has long been phased out, some countries still use this as part of the female nurses’ outfit.
- Nurses are consistently named as one of the most trusted professions. Nurses are viewed as having high ethical and honesty standards by 85% of the public who took the survey.
- General nursing practices are universal all over the world. Because of this, a licensed nurse can essentially practice anywhere in the world!
- Nursing has one of the fastest job growth rates: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% growth rate for registered nurses from 2018 to 2028—much higher than for other professions.