Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare industry. Every year, they provide care for millions of people around the world.
That’s why we’re thrilled that the World Health Organization has named 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, calling for nations across the globe to “invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”
The declaration is also meant to honor the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. An iconic figure in nursing history, Nightingale is considered by many to be the mother of modern nursing.
To celebrate this exciting announcement, we compiled a list of fun, interesting, and downright astounding facts about nurses.
Read on to learn why every year should be the Year of the Nurse!
Nursing Is One of the Oldest Professions
Some of the first records of nurses date back to 300 A.D., during the reign of the Roman Empire. But other documents indicate that the first nursing school was established in India in 250 B.C.
Nursing Is the Most Trusted Profession
For the past 18 years in a row, Gallup has found that nurses are trusted more than any other profession. In 2019, 85% of respondents said they consider nurses’ honesty and ethical standards to be “high” or “very high.”
There Are Millions of Nurses in the United States
There are nearly 4 million nurses working in the U.S. today. Modern nursing has become highly specialized to adapt to longer human lifespans, causing nurses to be in high demand everywhere.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor projects a 12% job growth rate for nurses from 2018 to 2028, much higher than average.
Nearly Half of Nurses Don’t Work in Hospitals
Only 60% of nurses work in healthcare facilities, so where are the rest? Here are a few nursing careers for nurses outside of a hospital setting: nurse-midwife, forensic nurse, nurse educator, school nurse, academic nurse writer, and legal nurse consultant.
Nursing Is Physically Taxing
Studies have shown that nurses walk up to five miles during a 12-hour shift. The average American walks two to three miles during an 18-hour day.
According to the American Nursing Association, more than 50% of nurses experience chronic back pain. Long hours, constant movement, and frequently moving weak or disabled patients makes for a physically taxing profession.
Nurses Are Much More than Doctors’ Assistants
In the past, nurses often weren’t respected or trusted by the doctors they worked with. Over time, nursing has become a highly respected, highly specialized profession with a wide range of responsibilities.
There are over 100 nursing professions available to nurses today. Advance-practice nurses and nurse practitioners can prescribe medicines, write orders, and diagnose patients.
It’s Always the Year of the Nurse at GIFTED Healthcare
GIFTED is honored to support the heroic work of the nurse. We provide RNs and allied health professionals with exceptional, high-paying career opportunities.