Nursing Fun Facts

  1. The most visits to emergency rooms occur during the warmer months of the year.
  2. According to the latest data available to the World Health Organization, Finland, Norway, Monaco, Ireland and Belarus have, in that order, the highest ratios of nurses per capita of all nations, ranging from 2162.0 to 1182.0 nurses per 100,000 people.
  3. The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses was formed in 1908.
  4. According to a 2001 World Health Organization report, the number of psychiatric nurses in poor countries is about 0.1 per 100,000 persons.
  5. In 1783 a black slave named James Derham worked as a nurse in New Orleans, eventually earning enough money to buy his freedom and move to Philadelphia, where he studied medicine and became a doctor.
  6. Men and women between the ages of 25 and 44 account for 33 percent of all people in the U. S. who come to emergency rooms with injury-related wounds.
  7. Linda Richards became the first nurse to earn a nursing diploma in the United States in 1873.
  8. In 1846 the first hospital training school for nurses, the Institute for Protestant Deaconesses, was established in the town of Kaiserwerth, Germany.
  9. The National Association of School Nurses recommends nurse-to-student ratios should be one to 750 for general populations, one to 250 in mainstreamed populations and 1 to 125 in severely handicapped populations.
  10. 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.
  11. “When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.” Terence, from The Woman of Andros (166 B.C.)
  12. In a 2001 survey done by the ANA/NursingWorld.com, 45.3% of nurses expressed fear of getting a potentially deadly disease as one of their top three occupational health concerns.
  13. Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S.
  14. According to the latest data available to the World Health Organization, Nepal, Liberia, Central African Republic, Haiti and Bangladesh have, in that order, the lowest ratios of nurses per capita of all nations, ranging from 5.0 to 11.0 nurses per 100,000 people.
  15. One out of every four registered nurses works part time.
  16. The American Nurses Association, first known as the Nurses Associated Alumnae, was started in 1898.
  17. The New England Hospital for Women and Children, established in 1862, was the first school for nursing in the U.S.
  18. The order of the Brothers of Mercy was founded in 1538 by Juan Ciudad. (b. 1495. d. 1550.)
  19. One out of every five licensed practical nurses works part time.

Fun Facts provided by Nursing Link.