Lately my posts have been on the more serious side, so today I thought I’d lighten things up. There are some funny, surprisingt and interesting facts that I found on Scrubsmag.com and hopefully it brings a smile to your face and makes you think. As a student in an accelerated RN to BSN program, sometimes you just need to sit back and laugh at life.
Here are some of my favorite facts:
• There are more than 5.5 million nurses and nurses aids in the United States. That’s more than the population of 30 states and 5 times the size of the U.S. Army.
• 6% of RNs are men and 85% are Caucasian
• Nurses have more on the job injuries than construction workers
• The national hourly wage for an RN is $31.31. The highest paid are in San Jose, CA with $50.19 an hour and the lowest paid live in Johnstown, PA with a wage of $20.41 per hour.
• There are more than 135,000 job openings for nurses currently in the country. By 2020, it is projected that that number will rise to one million.
• In 1846 the first hospital training school for nurses, the Institute for Protestant Deaconesses, was established in the town of Kaiserwerth, Germany.
• According to a recent World Health Organization report, the United States spends more money, as a ratio of GNP, on health care than any country, followed closely by Lebanon and Zimbabwe.
• One out of every four registered nurses works part time
• The first nursing school in history dates back to 250 B.C. and was located in India.
• A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) takes about 4 to 5 years
• About three out of every five registered nurses work in hospitals
• If you see a nurse smiling when things go wrong, she is probably going off duty
• May 8th is National Student Nurses’ Day
• In the various U.S. Military branches, approximately one-third of all nurses are male
So did you count how many of these facts you didn’t know? There is a long and rich history to nursing, and with online RN to BSN programs available, the methods may be changing but the compassion and desire to help people remains the same.
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