13 Things you might not know about Nursing

Alas! Finally, after years of hard work and burning midnight candles, you finally and officially are now a Registered Nurse. You survived all those toxic years in nursing school, you aced your college exams, you braved the mind-boggling nursing boards. But wait, just because you’re finally part of the “it” squad, it doesn’t mean that you know it all. There are still some things about nursing you might not know about.


  1. Despite the current easing of the nursing shortage due to the recession, the U.S. nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 registered nurses by 2025, according to an article in the July/August 2009 Health Affairs. A shortage of this magnitude would be twice as large as any nursing shortage experienced in this country since the mid-1960s.
  2. Tens of thousands of qualified nursing school applicants were turned away last year because U.S. nursing schools didn’t have enough faculty or educational capacity to teach them.
  3. Only three out of five nurses work in hospitals. Nurses work in a variety of settings such as in schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health, nursing homes, government agencies, social assistance agencies, and research labs.
  4. The rising number of seriously ill patients has demanded more complex and specialized skill sets. In-demand specialties include traveling nurses, nurse informatics specialists, acute nurse practitioners, geriatric nurses, hospice nurses, and home care nurses.
  5. One out of every four registered nurses works part time.
  6. Famous plays written by Shakespeare such as Romeo And Juliet, Henry VI (part 3) and Titus Andronicus, all have characters called ‘Nurse’.
  7. Originally, the word ‘Nurse’ would mean wet nurse, and were employed to breastfeed aristocratic babies.
  8. The modern meaning of the word evolved after ‘nurses’ were referred to any woman who looked after children.
  9. The New England Hospital for Women and Children, established in 1862, was the first nursing school in the country.
  10. In the U.S. military, approximately one-third of all nurses are male.
  11. According to a Robert Wood Johnson/Gallup survey, four out of five opinion leaders say there is a nursing shortage in the United States. University faculty members are significantly more likely to say there is a nursing shortage than corporate executives, significantly fewer of whom are likely to see a shortage.
  12. The most visits to emergency rooms occur during the warmer months of the year.
  13. Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in modern history, was only a nurse for three years.


Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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