Nursing Fun Facts

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Taking care of the medical needs of others is a very serious vocation.  But as more veteran nurses will tell you, beside a good pair of shoes, their sense of humor is what makes life in scrubs possible.  We’ve put together 5 fun facts to brighten your day.

  1. According to Scrubs Magazine, 48% of nurses in one Chicago hospital believe that saying the word “quiet” as in, “It sure is quiet around here” will jinx the shift and make it harder for them.  (
  2. There are approximately 2.71 million nurses in the US.  That’s the same as the entire population of Jamaica and more than the populations of Iceland, Cyprus, Fiji and the Bahamas combined!  ( and
  3. The first woman to hold a permanent commission in the US Army was a nurse.  January 19, 1947 Col. Florence A. Blanchfield, Chief of the Army Corps was given the permanent grade of lieutenant colonel in the Regular Army. (
  4. HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” host Tarek El Moussa was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer after RN and show fan, Ryan Reed sent an email to the production stating that she had noticed a nodule on the host’s neck and that she strongly recommended he have it checked out! (,,20733201,00.html)
  5. Nurses walk an average of 4 miles per shift.  That’s almost a mile more than a 5K run!  (

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