Connecticut RN Wins Nurse Photo Contest

Krystal and some of her coworkers at St. Francis Hospital.  "We see it all here," says Krystal.

  Krystal Swift, a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut is the latest winner of the Nurse Photo Contest. Krystal will receive a $100 gift certificate. Send us your best photos for a chance to be the next winner of the Nurse Photo Contest!   OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES NO ENTRY FEE Continue Reading

Happy Nurses Week! decided to drop some bars to celebrate Nurses Week, please share with any nurses you know! Random Acts of Pizza for nurses coming up! This week, will once again be sending free pizza to nurses to celebrate National Nurses Week! For a chance to win a free pizza lunch or dinner for you Continue Reading

Phoenix NICU Nurse Wins Photo Contest

photograph of Phoenix NICU nurse Brittney Taylor

Brittney Taylor, a registered nurse working in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona is the latest winner of the Nurse Photo Contest. Brittney will receive a $100 gift certificate. Send us your best photos for a chance to be the next winner of the Nurse Photo Contest! Continue Reading

Florida ER Nurse Wins Nurse Photo Contest

Photo of Fort Lauderdale ER Nurse Eddie Johnson

Congratulations to Eddie Johnson, the latest winner of the ongoing Nurse Photo Contest! Eddie writes: My name is Eddie Johnson. I’m 29 and an ER nurse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at Broward Health Medical Center. We have a very high paced, high acuity, short staffed, stressful job. It would be impossible to be successful or stay Continue Reading

The best that nurses can be: Five uplifting and inspiring stories about exceptional nurses

Gary Bentley and nurse, the old photo

The week of May 6 -12 has been “National Nurses Week” for over twenty years now, and this year too it will be a unique occasion to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. To kick off the week, we’d like to highlight just a handful Continue Reading

Humor in the hospital: how far can you go?

Humor in the hospital? Alexandra Robbins quote

That’s what Alexandra Robbins wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post last week (“Nurses make fun of their dying patients. That’s okay.“): “Humor has a place in hospitals, even if it’s dark, even if it’s derogatory — as long as it isn’t cruel.” Do you agree? And if you agree, how do you Continue Reading

Back-breaking work? A shocking 4-part NPR report on the extraordinary health risks nurses face – and a couple of charts and leads of our own

Chart: Musculoskeletal work injuries by occupation: percentages

  National Public Radio conducted an impressively in-depth, four-part report about the working conditions and health risks of nurses, full of worrying statistical data and heartbreaking personal stories. The short of it: “nursing employees suffer more debilitating back and other injuries than almost any other occupation — and they get those injuries mainly from doing Continue Reading

Check out this amazing video from 1950 about the “hospital of the future”!

The hospital of the future, 1950 - video still

“Dream grounds for a dream hospital”: in this promo film from 1950 about a model Kaiser hospital, we see babies being slid through walls in “drawer-like bassinets”, suited husbands smoking endless cigarettes awaiting their wives’ childbirth, and hospital rooms with sliding doors that open up to a terrace with a swimming pool. Not to mention Continue Reading

Nurses top honesty and ethics ranking

Gallup: 80% rate honesty and trustworthiness of nurses highly

Public opinion polling agency Gallup reported that 80% of Americans rate the honesty and ethics of nurses as high or very high. It’s not the first time the poll found such high appreciation for nurses either; we’ve mentioned it before. In fact, “Americans have been asked to rate the honesty and ethics of various professions annually Continue Reading

Go West, Young Nurse?

Registered Nurses: Employment growth (chart)

  Over five years after the global financial crisis, jobs are still scarcer than they used to be in the United States – but not everywhere! In true American spirit, for example, thousands of people looking for jobs – or better-paying jobs – have been trekking north and west to “men camps” in rugged states Continue Reading