Nurse Turned Photographer

A delivery nurse is coming to the aid of hospitalized expectant moms in North Carolina who may miss out on the fanfare of pregnancy (such as baby showers and pregnancy photos), Today reports. Kayla McMillan of Duke Hospital in North Carolina — who delivered her own baby prematurely — noticed that other expectant mothers who are hospitalized, in addition to fearing the implications for their children, were sad to miss out on these celebrations. So McMillan, who is also a photographer, offers maternity shoots to patients on bed rest. “I felt absolutely beautiful in a devastating time,” one patient told Today. In other instances, McMillan has thrown baby showers for the moms.

Seeking to Help At-risk Mothers

South Carolina is expanding a program where nurses assist “at-risk mothers”  in their homes Kaiser Health News reports. Known as the Nurse-Family Partnership, the public-private initiative pairs nurses with first-time mothers who qualify for Medicaid to answer their child-rearing questions. It’s part of a larger national program that’s been around for some 30 years. Now, South Carolina aims to expand the offering, adding 3,200 young mothers, which it’s raised through public-private partnerships, according to KHN. In past studies, the program has been shown to help improve pregnancy outcomes while reducing child neglect and enhancing school readiness. “It’s a massive investment to help us grow and to serve more families, and to innovate,” Chris Bishop, executive director of the Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina, tells the website.

Son Defends His Tattooed Nurse Mom

They say never to judge a book by its cover, but for tattooed health care workers that doesn’t always seem to hold true. After Misti Johnson, R.N., explained to her son, Jordan Miller, that policies in the workplace sometimes don’t favor body art, he took to Facebook to post a picture of his mom along with his belief that  “tattoos don’t define the person.” His post went viral, amassing nearly 117,000 shares, according to “I’ve seen my mom pull a lady out of a car before it fills with smoke and she suffocates,” Miller wrote in the post. And on her arm, the article notes, Misti Johnson has a tattoo of a nurse that “represents her passion.” 

Addressing the Gender Gap

There’s a statistic that jumps out for administrators at Coventry University in England: Men account for only about 10 percent of nursing students in the United Kingdom. That’s why the university has introduced a bursary to encourage men to enter the field, the British Nursing Times reports. The fund will help pay for 10 men’s studies in areas where men are traditionally underrepresented. These include nursing, physiotherapy and dietetics. The move comes as a national nursing student grant system is set to expire in England. The new bursary — which should pay each recipient 1,000 pounds ($1,300) per year — is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.K., the Nursing Times says.