Here’s The History Of Our Unsung Heroes – The Nurses

Published on 07/12/2020
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Nurses are healthcare workers who usually have a broad range of essential responsibilities. These include, but are not limited to, evaluating a patient’s condition, recording medical histories and symptoms, performing diagnostic tests, and educating and advising the patient. Nurses may be sometimes be confused about taking an assistant role in most medical procedures, but they are more akin to a collaborative one. They can even work independently if needed. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nurses usually earn as much as $73,300 in May 2019, with the top 10% earning more than $111,220, while the bottom 10% made less than $52,080. These wages are quite good for those who want to pursue such a profession. For people who want to become a nurse in the United States, they can choose between three educational paths in order to become a registered nurse; two of which involve earning a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in nursing, and the third one is acquiring a diploma from an approved nursing program. All three choices are qualified for entry-level positions, with those with a bachelor’s degree having a better chance of being hired by hospital employers.

Here's The History Of Our Unsung Heroes The Nurses

Here’s The History Of Our Unsung Heroes The Nurses

Clinical Nurse Specialists

To qualify for being a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), you must receive a master’s degree in nursing, as well as having at least a year or more of working experience as an RN or in a related field. A doctoral degree is needed if you also want to research a CNS. All registered nurses wanting to obtain a state-issued nursing license is required to graduate from a credible nursing program and pass a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Ambulatory Healthcare Services

According to the BLS, there are around 3.1 million registered nurses who currently have a job in the US in 2018. 60% of those jobs are in hospital work, followed by 18% in ambulatory services, 7% in nursing/residential care facilities, 5% on government, and 3% at educational services. There are also nurse staffing agencies, which helped temporarily or permanently filling in job openings in US hospitals. These are becoming more prevalent as job vacancies remain high throughout.

Ambulatory Healthcare Services

Ambulatory Healthcare Services

Nurses On-Call

Nurses usually work in shifts in order to continue providing 24-hour care, which could include weekends, nights, or even holidays. Most nurses are also on call, which means there would come a time where they must be needed at such short notice. Data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists nurses as having the largest sector of the healthcare workforce, and they also provide the most long-term one of the primary providers of hospital patient care in the US.

Nurses On Call

Nurses On Call

Registered Nurses

BLS estimates that from 2018 to 2028, the job outlook for registered nurses will increase by 12 percent, or around 210,400 jobs, which would mean more openings for people who want to enter the field, but it would mean that most hospitals would be understaffed at that time. A growing population of older adults could be a key factor, but this may change due to current and future circumstances.

Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses

One-Third Of The Workforce

In 2020, there are around one million registered nurses in the US who are over fifty, making up one-third of the workforce. With around seventy thousand nurses retiring annually, it would mean that they may leave within the next 10 to 15 years, and hopefully, be replaced by fresh graduates.

One Third Of The Workforce

One-Third Of The Workforce

Lauren Drain

Lauren Drain is a registered cardiac nurse from Florida. One day, she decided to do something different for her life, and thus began a fitness and health regiment. Now, Drain is a fitness model with around 3.6 million followers on Instagram, as well as numerous appearances in body-building, fitness, and aesthetic shows.

Lauren Drain

Lauren Drain

Different Kinds Of Nurses

Nurses can be categorized into different types, such as operating nurse (OR), nurse practitioner (NP), pediatric nurse, and travel nurse, among a few. Nurses and nursing have been around in human history for a long time, with the first records of practice coming from the Roman Empire at around 300 AD, where they worked in hospitals as well. This practice became more widespread in the Medieval Period.

Different Kinds Of Nurses

Different Kinds Of Nurses

Wet-Nurse

Here’s an interesting tidbit: the word ‘nursing’ is derived from a Latin word, ‘nutrire’, which means ‘to nourish.’ The word ‘nurse,’ on the other hand, also came from the Latin word ‘nutrice,’ which translates into wet-nurse. The word ‘nurse’ first occurred in around the early thirteenth century, according to the University of Connecticut’s Nursing Learning Community Director Thomas Lawrence Long. Long adds that the earliest work making use of the English word ‘nurse’ in the medical sense was Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ (1616).

Wet Nurse

Wet Nurse

First Secular Nursing School

One of history’s most famed nurses was Florence Nightingale, a British woman who trained and managed nurses during the Crimean War (1853-1856), who helped save many lives. She also changed how nurses are educated, trained, and perceived by the public, as well as being one of the founders of the first secular nursing school in 1860 at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. Now named the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, it is ranked as the #1 nursing school in the UK.

First Secular Nursing School

First Secular Nursing School

Founder Of The American Red Cross

Clara Barton is a nurse who’s also the founder of the American Red Cross, who helped bring the organization to the US in 1881. Before that, she was a self-taught caregiver during the American Civil War, helping treat Union soldiers and solve logistical needs for makeshift hospitals around the country at that time. She’d also worked for the International Red Cross before and during the 1870 Franco-Prussian War in Geneva, Switzerland, and was inspired to bring the Red Cross to the US at that time.

Founder Of The American Red Cross

Founder Of The American Red Cross

National Nurses Week

President Ronald Reagan signed a proposal to create a ‘National Recognition Day for Nurses’ on May 6 (although many people have acknowledged the holiday prior). The American Nurses Association (ANA) extended it to May 12, which also happens to be the same date for International Nurses Day (IND), and the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week

First Record Of Nurses

Nurses have been around even before they are recognized as ‘nurses.’ Ever since humans have experienced injuries and sickness, there has been a need for nurses in a sense. The earliest records of active nurses are in the Roman Empire in 300 AD, and the hospitals there are quite advanced for their time. In the Middle Ages, nursing has been made to be more structured, systemic, and less random.

First Record Of Nurses

First Record Of Nurses

The Bellevue Hospital School Of Nursing

Began in 1873 and located in New York City, the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing is the first-ever nursing school established in the US, based on the principles of Florence Nightingale. This one-year program school happens to be a trailblazer for the opening of other nursing schools, such as the New England Hospital for Women and the Massachusetts General Hospital. This trend began a critical point in the world of nursing in the US.

The Bellevue Hospital School Of Nursing

The Bellevue Hospital School Of Nursing

Walkathon

People tend to have different thoughts about running 5 kilometers, from fear to excitement. For nurses, they walk around 5k every day at work, averaging about 3.2 miles in an average workday! Compared to the average walking distance a person of 2 miles, it shows how much nurses would like a breather after a long day.

Walkathon

Walkathon

A Reputable Position

Nursing takes up about more than half of the hundreds of thousands of students wanting to take up a healthcare-related course, which shows how much it is a high-demand and reputable line of work, and many people are lining up to become future nurses! As such, it is also a tough and demanding course, with students having to learn chemistry, anatomy, biology, and even some specialized practices, but the rewards at the end are satisfying enough. Let’s venture into the most high-demanded nurse careers that are needed across the globe right now.

A Reputable Position

A Reputable Position

Travel Nurse

Travel nursing is a career worth looking into with this specific type of nurse being in very high demand these days. Travel nurses work temporary jobs both nationally and internationally. What do they do? Well, ther ejob description is pretty much the same as a regular RN nurse, however, they are usually affiliated with an agency that sends them to the facilities that need neem at that time. Travel nursing is for someone who enjoys change and also likes to travel a bit, it can be quite tiring and demanding adding travel into an already draining job.

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Travel Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Most nurse practitioners work alongside a qualified doctor, meaning they are usually supervised by an actual doctor. However, this role is becoming more and more powerful with more responsibility- meaning nurse practitioners are being trusted and taught how to do similar jobs as a physician would. These new roles include diagnosing, prescribing medication, and discussing treatment courses. This role is a nursing role that offers more freedom and responsibility for nurses that want a more doctor-like job.

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Nurse Practicioner

Intensive Care Unit Nurse

The ICU of any hospital is packed with dedicated professionals who are on top of their game, that is for sure. Being an ICU nurse or critical care nurse may mean that these nurses work in special hospitals or sometimes just specialized wards. However, the difficulty of such a position is immeasurable and many hospitals require intensive training as well as continued learning before one can simply qualify to be a nurse in such a unit. These health care professionals save lives daily and are always needed in the medical industry.

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Intensive Care Unit Nurse

Medical-Surgical Nurse

This nursing is usually what is known as the basis for healthcare. Medical-surgical nurses are responsible for tons of daily tasks whether it may be on an organizational or technical level. They need to be good at prioritizing, and very organized when it comes to this position. They care usually for adults and it can be in a multitude of differentiating settings. Medical-surgical nurses are also needed to give holistic care and holistic approaches at times, but they treat all different types of issues.

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Medical-Surgical Nurse

Emergency Room Nurse

These nurses, of course, function in the emergency room. Meaning they are available to treat trauma and often injuries. Being an ER nurse one attends to patients often in a fragile state, unstable condition, and deals with traumatic events and experiences along the way. This specific nursing position is for an individual who works well when stressed out and when placed in scenarios that require them to relax, focus, and direct their attention appropriately in a time of chaos.

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Emergency Room Nurse

Operating Room Nurse

Operating room nurses are also known as perioperative nurses, these are the nurses that care for patients throughout the surgical process. They are with patients before, after, and during surgery. These nurses have the important job of also being a communicating link between patients and their families post-op, meaning they prepare the families for any necessary postoperative care. These nurses are empathetic and understand the stress that surgery places not only on patients but on their families too.

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Operating Room Nurse

Home Health Nurse

This nursing profession is exactly what it sounds like, a nurse that cares for patients in the comfort of their own home. Usually, these patients are elderly, or young people with mobility issues and some times developmental issues. This type of nursing is for individuals who are looking to work elsewhere rather than a normal hospital or medical center. However, naturally, you still need to want to work with patients.

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Operating Room Nurse

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse

These healthcare nurses deal with patients as they regain consciousness after surgery. The reaction when waking up from anesthesia can vary- some people wake up confused, some in pain, and others may have different side effects or reactions due to chronic illnesses. PACU nurses are there to comfort and direct a patient after surgery, they soothe and guide the patient as they regain consciousness. Anesthesia can be a scary thing and their presence is usually a major aspect upon awakening.

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Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse

Nursing Assistant

Usually referred to as CNA’s, nursing assistants work with patients under the supervision and guidance of other specialized nursing staff. These nurses provide a more personal aspect of the job as they help patients bathe, dress, go to the bathroom and often even eat. The position of nursing assistant is more for someone who is unsure about becoming a nurse and is looking to experience the field before entering it and studying the necessary tracks.

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Nursing Assistant

Telemetry Nurse

These nurses work around the clock to care for patients who need constant observation and attention. They are also referred to as progressive care nurses. Telemetry nurses are trained to monitor vital signs using the necessary technological tools. They have to be able to understand and interpret the data accordingly. The patients these nurses attend to are usually in critical condition.

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Telemetry Nurse

Nurse Manager

These are the nurses who organize and supervise what happens on the floor, who is assigned to which patients etc. They ensure care is spread evenly and where necessary. Often these nurses are also responsible for the recruitment and retention of nurses. As a nude manager one is not usually affiliated in any direct patient care, it is a field to progress in to once one has gained experience it is an option to move up into this field.

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Nurse Manager

Florence Nightingale

No list of nursing would be complete without the impact Florence Nightingale made on nursing. In 1981 the first-ever nursing school was opened by Florence Nightingale. Before she opened this school and enabled the standards of nursing to develop, nurses were simply learning and practicing through trial and error, they mostly had no education or training in nursing behind them. She is the reason nursing is a proper profession.

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Florence Nightingale

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse

Neonatal intensive care unit nurses have one of the hardest jobs, they care for premature and ill newborns. These babies need medical attention and cautious care, they are often connected to machines and other types of technology that monitors them, helps their bodily function and in some cases soothes them. However, these nurses need to be highly trained and specialized to work with such babies.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse

Pediatric Nurse

Pediatric nurses specialize in dealing with patients that are infants, children, to their teenage years too. They work just as regular nurses to, they have the same responsibilities but also need to administer vaccines and treat common illnesses that only children are susceptible too. These nurses need to e patient, creative, and love kids. These qualities are necessary to make the experience pleasant for children of all ages.

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Pediatric Nurse

Dialysis Nurse

Dialysis nurses specialize in dialysis, which is the process that allows individuals with kidney failure to undergo dialysis. Dialysis is the process that allows them to function and filter the waste they are there to filter. For nurses who value an outcome and like to work closely with patients and their families, this is a great choice as dialysis actually works and prolongs the lives of patients who suffer from kidney failure. These nurses also work closely with their families in the educating of treatments and medications, which can be rewarding.

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Dialysis Nurse

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