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Nurses Appreciation Week

We are here to give you some super interesting facts about the backbone to the healthcare industry during nurses appreciation week.

As we take time to honor our critical front line workers, this week let’s go above and beyond to some love and appreciation to the Nurses.  

Here are a few cool facts about nurses:

A day in the life of a nurse.

Nurses walk a 5K during an average 10-hour shift. Sometimes as little as 8,300 steps on a slower shift and as many as 14,500 steps on a busy shift. 

There are currently more than 3.8 million RNs.  The growth rate is set to increase an average of 12% from 2020 to 2028 of nurses in the field.

Another key point: Nurses work in more than just hospitals. Only 3 out of 5 nurses work in an actual hospital. There are over 100 nursing professions available to nurses. For example, nurses work in various environments from nursing homes to private practices to home health care and VA hospitals. Some nurses even become fitness instructors. Being a nurse comes in handy if something goes wrong in the gym.

Nursing History Facts

The founder of nursing, Florence Nightingale,  set to change the way hospitals were sanitized to reduce patients exposure to infections. The first nursing school at the St. Thomas Hospital in London was opened in 1855.

The first National Nurses week was in 1954. At that time, it wasn’t a yearly observance. President Nixon official set national nurses week in 1974 and it ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. 

Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African-American nurse that was originally working as a cook in the hospital before deciding to become a nurse.

The earlier nursing cap and uniform worn in the 1900’s looks like a nun’s habit. Before professional nursing was reformed, the design of the uniform was a way to pay homage to the critical role nuns played in working and caring for the sick. 

Scrubs were introduced in the 1970s and eventually became the foundation for the healthcare staff in hospitals. The uniform that was originally know as surgical greens but came to be know as scrubs because they were only worn in a “scrubbed” environment in the hospital.

  The annual number of registered nurses that graduate is 155,000. 

The ratio of nurses to doctors can be as high 5 to 1.  As doctors do their rounds, nurses are there in the in-between time. There is something kind of special of having that nurse to make you as comfortable as possible on the road to recovery. 

We, here at Fellowship Fleet, appreciate every nurse, from the frontline to the nursing homes and in any capacity.

I attribute my success to this. I never gave or took any excuse. -Florence Nightingale

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