5 Interesting Facts About Nurses

May 12th is considered to be International Nurses Day. I missed the exact date but I would like to share some interesting facts about nurses and the nursing profession.

The 1st nursing school was established in India in 250 B.C.

During this time, only men were allowed to attend the school because they were viewed as more¬† pure than women. Now¬†¬†woman practically dominate the field statistically. Data from the 2009 U.S Department of Health and Human Services stated that approximately 5.8% of nurses in the U.S were male. It wasn’t until the 1800s that nursing truly became a systematized practice.

 Nurses are consistently named one of the most trusting professions.

The annual Gallup Survey has named nursing as the highest-trusted profession for the 14th year in a row. Nurses are viewed as having high ethical and honesty standards by 85% of the public who took the survey.

There are over 100 nursing professions to choose from.

According to DiscoverNursing.com, there are currently 104 nursing professions to choose from. Nursing is one of the most customizable careers you could pursue, as there are several types of degrees, certifications, job characteristics and categories you can select from. Some of these categories include:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Clinical
  • Community
  • Surgical
  • Family
  • Management

Nurses walk on average 4 miles a day.

A MEDSURG Nursing study called¬†How Far Do Nurses Walk?¬†found that¬†146 nurses walked an average of 4-5 miles¬†total during their 12-hour shift. Compare that to the average American, who only walks 2.5-3 miles on average daily.¬†Its¬†no surprise that nurses manage to get those steps in¬†they’re on their feet for 12 hours straight!

Only 3 of 5 nurses actually work in hospitals.

Most nurses work in hospitals, but like mentioned above, there are nearly 3 million RNs practicing in the United States. Want to work in a school? What about hospice care? Thought about nursing in the homes of patients? There is a long list of possible locations and job titles that determine where a nurse will work. Some non-hospital nursing careers include: nurse midwife, forensic nurse, nurse educator, school nurse, academic nurse writer, and legal nurse consultant. With a nursing degree and specialized training, nurses don’t only have to work in hospitals anymore!

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