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5 Interesting Facts About the Nursing Profession

The Nursing industry is one of the world’s oldest professions. According to Post University, the industry dates back to the 18th and 19th Centuries. Nurses work in a variety of settings and also carry with them a variety of titles and skill sets. How much do you know about the Nursing industry? Test your knowledge with some facts below:


1. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, out of all of the healthcare professions, Nursing is the largest in the nation. There is an estimated 4.2 million nurses in the United States.


2. Florence Nightingale’s contributions to nursing helped shape the modern day hospital. She established the first nursing school in 1873 called the Nightingale Training School for Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London.


3. The Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City was the first nursing school to be opened in the United States.


4. While there were many black nurses, Mary Ezra Mahoney was the first Black woman to become a licensed nurse in the United States. Mahoney, who was born to free slaves, received her training at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston in 1879. Much of her 40 year career was spent as a private duty nurse.


5. We know that nurses spend a lot of time on their feet, but according to a study, during a 12 hour work shift, nurses walk an average of 4 to 5 miles!


Did you know these facts about the Nursing Industry? If you are a nurse and are looking for an opportunity, contact us today!

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