Film Fights “Misconceptions” About Nurses, and Honors Their Service

Nurses provide invaluable services to society, and Carolyn Jones, breast cancer survivor and filmmaker, honored that service through her film, “American Nurse: Healing America.” Jones presented the film at the Baxter Regional Medical Center’s fifth annual Nursing Summit in Mountain Home, Ark., on Sept. 21, The Baxter Bulletin reports. Jones was touched by the compassion of the nurse she dealt with during her own stay in the hospital, and she chose to show “how wise [nurses] are” through the lens of a camera, she said. The 78-minute film chronicled the paths of 75 different nurses, whose lives intersect with poverty, returning war veterans, the prison system and more. 

 

Utah Schools Recognize Need for More Nurses on Staff

The nursing shortage continues to plague health care, and in Utah public schools, where the nursing supply has decreased over the past year, nurses oversee the care of six times the recommended number of students, the Associated Press reports. These numbers don’t factor in special education students with dedicated nurses and students with complex health problems. To meet the recommendation of one nurse for every 750 students by the Department of Health & Human Services and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Utah would need to hire more than 950 nurses, the report notes. State lawmakers are exploring ways to afford the additional nurses.

 

UVA Nursing Student Leads Team to Help Harvey Victims

Ashley Apple decided to go to nursing school after watching the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At the time, Apple happily owned and operated a coffee shop in Arkansas. But seeing New Orleans become ravaged by Katrina awakened Apple's desire to help people in need, according to a DailyNurse article. Apple, 38, is currently enrolled in the RN to BSN program at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and works as a floating emergency nurse at Bon Secours Health System. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Apple jumped into action, gathering a small team of caregivers to travel to Houston to provide needed care and vaccinations to Harvey victims and first responders. "The most amazing part for me was feeling useful," Apple said.

 

Nurse Volunteers in Haiti for 37th Time

Some nurses never stop working, even after they’ve retired. Such is the case for Diana Lovett, 69, who left Saturday, Sept. 23 for her 37th mission to Haiti, the Quad City Times reports. The longtime trauma nurse cares for patients in need through the group Her Friends, which focuses on providing services in remote areas of Haiti. Lovett and her group not only have provided urgent care over the years, they have taught the local emergency technicians and midwives important emergency techniques, such as resuscitating babies, suturing and more. While Lovett feels that this work is her calling, this trip will be her last. It’s time for “younger people” to step up, she told the Times. For more examples of nurses and health care workers volunteering in times of crisis, check out our coverage on how hospital staff worked during hurricanes Harvey and Irma.