Monday, June 27, 2011

Good Night, Nurse!

The Fourth of July is only one week away. And guess what; according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,  an average of around 6,000 Americans spend part of their Fabulous Fourth in the emergency room. So stay away from the illegal fireworks, kids (and drunk grown-ups). But, if you do find yourself on the business end of a "sparkler slap," chances are you will be at the mercy of a nurse-y. So, let's give props to these medical professionals who save lives day in and day out.


  • National Nurse Week kicks off on May 6th and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday.
  • Speaking of Florence, she was actually only a nurse for 3 years.
  • An early 17th century shipwreck survivor named Juan de Mena is considered to be the first nurse in the New World.
  • There are more nurses than any other worker in the health profession.
  • In America, the ratio of registered nurses to doctors is 4:1. 
  • Mary Todd Lincoln was a volunteer nurse in Union hospitals.
  • In the U.S. and Canada, only 5.8% of nurses are men. 
  • The Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton.
  • With no prior nursing experience, Clara Barton earned the nickname "Angel of the Battlefield." She even removed a bullet from a man's face on the battlefield. She was pretty bad ass.
  • The Red Cross is the largest volunteer organization in America.
  • 16 million blood donations are collected each year in the United State. Blood can not be manufactured; so that whole True Blood thing is BS.
  • Fact: this necklace would make a great gift for a nurse, or a great accessory to wear to a Fourth of July BBQ, or a great accessory for a nurse to wear to a July 4th BBQ. Bribe them with it ahead of time and maybe they will keep you from doing anything boneheaded with a bottle rocket.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/76601075/retro-nurse-red-cross-necklace-america

AND- use coupon code BLOG15 for 15% off your entire purchase. 

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