Oct 11 - Geezer's Blog -

The Bottom Line: Learn something new about nurses!

The Full Story:

  • The first known nurse is said to have been Phoebe, a deaconess sent to Rome by St Paul in the first century and mentioned in Romans 16:1.
  • The word ‘nurse’ was originally ‘nourice’, one who nourishes.
  • ‘Nurse’ was first used for a woman who nourished a child, later known as a wet-nurse (as in, they’d breast feed the baby).
  • 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. Fast forward to 1789, Durham returned to New Orleans, where he saved more yellow fever victims than any other physician in colonial Philadelphia. During an epidemic that killed thousands, he lost only 11 of 64 patients. He moved back to New Orleans and was lauded by prominent local doctors.
  • In 1846 the first hospital training school for nurses, the Institute for Protestant Deaconesses, was established in the town of Kaiserwerth, Germany.
  • Linda Richards was the first nurse to earn a Nursing diploma in the United States. She earned it in 1873 and the proof of her graduation is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
  • The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses was formed in 1908.
  • According to the World Health Organization, Nepal is one of the countries with the lowest nurse per capita. It only has 5 nurses per 100,000 people.
  • Lucretia Lester was a well-known nurse and midwife who attended to 1,300 deliveries between 1745 and 1779. Of the 1300 babies she helped deliver, only two were lost – which for that time was pretty incredible. At the time, more than 1200 women per 100,000 births would die – infant mortality was as much as 4%.
  • Florence Nightingale is seen as a mother of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform. In 1860 she established St. Thomas' Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. She died August 13, 1910, in London.
  • 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.
  • There are more than 5.5-million nurses and nurse’s aides in the United States…that’s five times the size of the US army!
  • There are four times as many nurses as doctors.
  • The famous poet and essayist Walt Whitman served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His poem entitled “The Wound Dresser” got its theme from his nursing experience in the battlefield.
  • Nurse Ratched, in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” was voted the fifth greatest villain in film history by the US Film Institute.

The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about pizza!

The Full Story:

  • Americans eat approximately 100-acres of pizza a day or about 350-slices per second.
  • Each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year.
  • The average pizzeria uses roughly 55 pizza boxes per day.
  • We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year
  • Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonaise, potato and bacon)
  • 36% of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni
  • 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly
  • And that is precisely why the top 5 pizza sales days are: Super Bowl Sunday, New Year's Eve, Halloween, The night before Thanksgiving, & New Year's Day
  • 93% of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month
  • The word ‘pizza’ comes from the Latin root word Picea, which means the blackening of crust by fire
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